Open 363 days a year
(Closed Thanksgiving; closed Christmas Eve day at approximately 2 p.m.; closed Christmas Day.) Check website for other holiday hours.

Current Notes:

  • Three-Mile Drive is closed for the season Nov. 15 and reopens April 15, 2016, weather permitting.****
  • Effective July 8, 2014, tram tour tickets are now $5. Tickets may be purchased in the Oswald Visitor Center. Tram tours and circulators are now closed for the season.

No pets or horses are allowed on Arboretum grounds, except dogs assisting people with disabilities. Dogs are allowed on designated All About Dogs Day events in April and November.

Arboretum Hours


Grounds and Buildings October 2015-March 2016

Grounds 8 a.m.-sunset 8 a.m.-sunset 8 a.m.-sunset
Visitor Center
8 a.m.*-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.*-4:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Gift & Garden Store  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 9 a.m.-4 p.m.**  9 a.m.-4 p.m.**  10 a.m.-4 p.m.**
Snyder Building
8 a.m.*-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.*-4:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Andersen Library ***
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Learning Center
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m.

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed after Nov. 15

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed after Nov. 15
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed after Nov. 15

Arboretum will be closed with the gate locked on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
Arboretum closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

Free gate admission Thursdays through March 31, 2016. Beginning April 1, 3rd Thursdays after 4:30 p.m. admission is free

*Visitor Center and & Snyder Building may open at 7:30 a.m. for rental groups.

**Restaurant: Made-to-order sandwiches/salads from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Breakfast from 9 a.m.-Noon. Sunday Brunches from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Supper (3rd Sunday of each month) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

***Library is closed Nov. 26-27, Dec. 24-25, Jan. 1 and Jan. 18

****Three-Mile Drive gate will be locked after hours and inaccessible to vehicle traffic.

Visit Enhancements

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Plant-Maker Studio
Year round, Learning Center
Noon-4 p.m.           Noon-4 p.m.
Let's Talk Plants Q&A
Year round, Visitor Center
Noon-4 p.m.           Noon-4 p.m.

Visitors age 13 & up:  $12*
Children 12 & Under: Free admission
Free admission year-round; children up to age 12 accompanying members in vehicle are free
University of Minnesota Students:

As of May 1, 2015 the free return visit within 30 days with a paid gate receipt promotion is discontinued. Check other free visit programs including Free Third Thursdays after 4:30 p.m. during spring/summer and fall seasons.

Free Thursdays all day: November through March
Free every third Thursday of the month after 4:30 p.m.: April through October

Special group admission for groups of 15 or more, including driver: $9 per person, Mon.-Fri. only, without Arboretum tour guide. Please have a single payment ready for the gate attendant for your entire group. No other offers apply. Advanced reservations for group admission not necessary. Groups must make own arrangements for tram tours upon arrival. No room or restaurant reservations in advance. See also Group Tours packages, including tour guide, lunch or snack, advanced reservations.

Memberships start at $49.  For more information, stop by Membership Sales Desk in Oswald Visitor Center, call (612) 301-1257 or visit www.arboretum.umn.edu/join.aspx

Effective July 8, 2014, tram tickets are now $5 each. Tickets may be purchased in Oswald Visitor Center.