'Stranger Things' fans crash Minnesota Science Museum website

Demand for Dustin's hoodie is huge.

Stranger Things fans really, really want to get their hands on a Brontosaurus hoodie.

The Science Museum of Minnesota's website was under tremendous strain Tuesday morning when sales of the dinosaur-branded gear begin at 8 a.m.

The museum has scrambled to re-release the '80s era hoodie, t-shirts and sweatshirts after one of them appeared in the second season of Netflix hit Stranger Things, with the purple hoodie donned by the character Dustin.

Those struggling to get through the online purchase process were initially met with this error page telling users "this website is under heavy load (queue full)."

Pretty soon after, the following page began to appear.

Others were met with other error messages.

By 8:40 a.m. the website's online shop was inaccessible altogether, with users greeted with a "404 Not Found Error."

The Science Museum has told fans not to worry, as they have an "unlimited volume" of the Brontosaurus products available from their online shop.

"Due to high volume you may experience slow system response," the site added. "Please be patient as we do our best to serve you promptly."

Some were lucky enough to make it through, but others not so much.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves-Grizzlies game off, KAT tests postive for COVID

The Timberwolves star was among several players that are dealing with COVID-related issues.

minnesota state fair

Planning for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair is underway

The fair suffered huge financial losses due to COVID-19, but organizers are moving forward with planning "different scenarios" for this summer.

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 2.16.44 PM

Heather Brown named as new WCCO 'This Morning' anchor

She will be joining Jason DeRusha on the CBS affiliate's Morning Show.

DPS John Harrington

DPS Commissioner: No credible threats to state Capitol, but ready if something arises

Local and state law enforcement officials have a plan in case a threat arises.

snow, slush (submitted photo, ok to use)

Here are snow totals from Thursday-Friday winter storm

It's a slushy mess in the metro, but snow did pile up in southern counties.

tim walz

Walz fury after report that government's COVID vaccine reserve is nonexistent

The Washington Post reported Friday that the Trump Administration has shipped out all the vaccines it has already, with none in reserve.

closed sign

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

BMTN 900x450 (8)

Company that falsely promised student loan forgiveness banned from MN

It's also been ordered to repay $11,499 in fees taken from Minnesotans.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for January 15

Hospitalizations are the lowest in Minnesota since October 25.


Osterholm: B117 COVID strain could become major issue in 6-8 weeks

The B117 variant is believed to be more easily transmitted.


Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 12.54.40 PM

Science Museum seeks another 'Stranger Things' cash-in

It's rolled out a new line of dinosaur-related apparel.

Why you should hold out for the authentic Science Museum hoodie seen on 'Stranger Things 2'

Fakes are already available – here's why you should wait for the real deal.

The 'Stranger Things' Brontosaurus hoodie is coming to Target

The Science Museum of Minnesota hoodie had been a big seller since appearing in the Netflix phenomenon.

Dustin's brontosaurus hoodie from 'Stranger Things 2' has arrived at the Science Museum

Here's how to get the Science Museum's bronto hoodie worn in 'Stranger Things 2.'

Target's 'Stranger Things' Christmas sweater has been a huge hit

The CEO of Netflix helped the sweater's surge in popularity.

The strangest things in Netflix's end of year report

Someone watched 'Pirates of the Caribbean' every day for a year.