Dr. Early wearing a cape while holding a bird.

Science Superheroes

You know the Science Museum is a great place to explore and discover. But did you know that our scientists are doing research in our labs AND they’re conducting fieldwork all over the world?

Learn all about it in Science Superheroes, located on level 4. In this continuously evolving experience, we’ll introduce you to our scientists, show you the cool projects they’re working on, and even give you a sneak peek at items from our collection that help illustrates their superhero stories.

Dr. Alex Hastings poses next to a fossil.
Vol. 1: Dr. Alex Hastings and Titanoboa

See a life-size model of Titanoboa, a 42-foot long, 2,500-pound snake from prehistoric South America that paleontology curator Dr. Alex Hastings helped discover with a group of researchers in Colombia.

You’ll learn about what it was like to discover this new species—and discover how the research team concluded that this monster snake ate crocodiles in a single gulp!

Dr. Ed Flemming examining some earth.
Vol. 2: Dr. Ed Fleming and Archaeology

Discover the history of the Upper Mississippi Valley and the connection these objects have with those of Mesoamerica.

Experience beautiful replica Mesoamerican monuments and discover what they meant to the cultures that created them as you explore the work of Dr. Ed Fleming through items his team has uncovered from the soil beneath our feet!

SCWRS researchers drop anchor and prepare their sampling equipment.
Vol. 3: Scientists of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station

In the land of 10,000 lakes, there’s endless information to discover! Learn how scientists are studying climate change, one lake at a time.

Meet the researchers of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station: These scientists travel around Minnesota—and the world—collecting and analyzing environmental data to help inform how changing climates, pollution, and human activity affects water quality.

Dr. Catherine Early, Ornithologist at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Vol. 4: Dr. Catherine Early and Ornithology

X-ray technology allows scientists like ornithologist Dr. Catherine Early to understand birds of the past, study living birds’ skeletons, and uncover secrets of bird behavior.

Get an inside perspective of the features, habitats, and evolution of birds from around the world, including what we can learn from Dr. Early’s research on different avian skulls and how ancient bird fossils relate to studying modern bird specimens.