Water Problems Threaten Big Repair Costs for Science Museum

No Safety Issue for Museum-Goers

The Science Museum of Minnesota faces serious water problems that could cost state taxpayers plenty.

The popular museum in downtown St. Paul opened in its $100 million home just 15 years ago.

The museum has battled water problems since it opened, but senior vice president Mike Day said it was only in recent years that an engineering review uncovered the full extent of the water intrusion and damage.

Museum leaders have asked state officials and legislators for $26 million to help with repairs while they continue litigation over the problems.

But a major bridge reconstruction is St. Paul’s top bonding request, meaning the Science Museum may lose out for now.

Museum leaders say there’s no safety issue for museum-goers and they don’t plan to raise fees.

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