Brand-new exhibits at your favorite museums, just as the weather gets nippy and the days get shorter.
1. Journey into the history and traditions of the Hmong people through three everyday environments at the Hmong at Heart exhibit: A village in Laos, a refugee camp in Thailand, and a Hmong-American home. Runs through Jan. 19. Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 W. 7th St., St. Paul. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m; Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. $7.95 per person. For more information, call 651-225-6000 or visit MCM.org.
2. Become an investigator at CSI: The Experience, which was inspired by the hit television series. Visitors will learn about everything from DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology. Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–9 p.m. $11 adults, $8.50 kids. For tickets or more information, call 651-221-9444 or visit SMM.org.
3. Use your brainpower to navigate the Bakken’s new Mindball exhibit, which allows visitors to control the electrical activity of their brains in a competitive battle of relaxation. This new gaming technology lets you use electrical signals from your brain to manipulate a ball toward your opponent. Opens Nov. 11. The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. $7 adults, $5 kids. For tickets or more information, call 612-926-3878 or visit TheBakken.org.