See sacred carvings older than Stonhenge Jeffers Petreglyphs
Discover Dakota life, Dakota Culture Lower Sioux Agency
Meet a Minnesota original Charles A. Lindbergh Site

Featured Events

Prairie Sugar & Sweets Weekend

Sept. 30, 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Visitors can help with the process of turning sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses.

Tue., Sep 26
History Day 101 Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Sep 26
Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Sep 26
MSP Hello: Hello Fall
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Wed., Sep 27
Theme Exploration and Curriculum Collaboration Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Oct 7

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center Extended until Nov. 11
Attack on New Ulm One Painting: Many Perspectives Now on View James J. Hill House
Renewing What they Gave Us Native American Artists in Residence Now on View Minnesota History Center
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE: The state of Minnesota provided $4 million for design work at Historic Fort Snelling in the 2017 Legislative Session. MNHS is advocating for the remaining $30 million for construction in 2018. Send a note to thank your state leaders for funding the design work and ask that they support construction funding in the 2018 session. Read more about the project.

Featured MNopedia Article

Engraving of the Como Shops published in Northwest magazine, April 1886.

Northern Pacific Railway Como Shops

St. Paul’s Como Shops served as a major passenger-car repair facility on the Northern Pacific railroad between 1885 and the 1970s, providing employment to many St. Paul residents.

New from MNHS Press

The Lincoln Del Cookbook

The Lincoln Del Cookbook

"More than a cookbook; it’s a time capsule of a Twin Cities Jewish community icon.” Lonny Goldsmith, editor, TC Jewfolk


Girl working on a bead project

Teaching American Indian History and Culture

MNHS is your partner in history education. Learn about products, experiences and resources developed to broaden your knowledge and engage students around American Indian history and culture.

Collections Item of the Day

On this date in 1867, Horace Goodhue, Jr., opens a prep school in Northfield with twenty-three students attending. The institution is first known as Northfield College, but a generous donation from William Carleton of Charlestown, Massachusetts, would inspire its current name, Carleton College. This image of a Carleton dorm room is from 1898.

Gale Family Library

National League for Womans Service poster

Researching Minnesota in the Great War

World War I, or "The Great War," was a profound turning point in world history. For many Minnesotans, the Great War was the first international event to directly impact their lives. Learn more about the war effort abroad and the great political and social changes happening at home in Minnesota.


WW1 America gifts

WW1 America Books and Gifts

Buy great gifts at — and know that every purchase you make supports MNHS and preserves our state's history.


 Minnesota Farming

Minnesota Farming

Learn where your food comes from and the history behind Twin Cities farming communities.