Headwaters Science Center

Headwaters Science Center (HSC) belongs to the Bemidji community and Northwestern Minnesota, and as such, we strive to offer unique learning experiences and stimulate curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). HSC was founded in 1994 by a group of dedicated community members who saw the need for science learning outside of a school setting. HSC is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission “to provide intellectual stimulation and enjoyment children, adults, and educational organizations in northern Minnesota using hands-on science and technology exhibits and programs.” HSC uses interactive exhibits, engaging activities, and dynamic presentations to introduce visitors to basic science concepts.
HSC programs are designed to engage and inspire audiences and include Tots-N-Science, a weekly preschool program for children and their caregivers, Science Club, a weekly after school program for children and youth, Summer Camps that range from photography to robots, Girl Scout overnight experiences, Science After Dark for adults, Saturday Science programs, and Raptor, Cryogenics, Combustion, Animal, and Physics Demonstrations. We also feature a 7,500ft2 exhibit floor with over 40 interactive exhibit features and live animals. In addition, HSC belongs to the nano-scale focused, national NISE Network, hosted by the Museum of Science-Boston, and was a 2012-2013 partner museum in the Portal to the Public (POP) Network, hosted by the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.
HSC is invested in, and committed to, the people of Bemidji and the surrounding region. We demonstrate this through our exciting exhibit floor, outreach programs, informal education opportunities, family centered events, and capacity for innovation. Our contributions to the community include investment in developing our capacity for STEM, strong partnerships with business, education, and non-profit sectors, and accessible learning experiences. As the only science and technology center within a 100-mile radius of Bemidji, HSC serves approximately 25,000 visitors annually. In summer months, tourists visit HSC as part of their week-long vacation at a local resort or family cabin, if the weather is too wet or cold to enjoy the lakes and woods or when Grandma can’t keep up with a houseful of grandkids. Spring months are busy with weekday field trips from local and regional schools.

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Latitude: 47.472191 Longitude: -94.881169 Elevation: 1360 ft
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Seasons Open


Hours Open

Monday through Saturday: 9:30 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays September through March.


$7 adults, $6 seniors and military, $5 children (ages 2-11) and under 2 are free.

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