Featured Events

Winter Adventure Family Day

Jan. 27 10 am - 4 pm | Grand Rapids

Throughout the day guests can enjoy music, a vintage ski exhibit, carnival games, and wildlife presentations featuring live animals. Guests can also take sleigh rides to see the logging camp under winter conditions.

Sun., Jan 28
WOW! Family Sundays: Wonderful Words
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Jan 28
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mon., Jan 29
Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization Open House
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Tue., Jan 30
History Lounge: Minnesota, 1918
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Feb 6
Reading the Raw Materials of History: 1968 Edition
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
Sights, Sounds and Soul : The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis Now on View Mill City Museum
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
Renewing What they Gave Us Native American Artists in Residence Now on View Minnesota History Center
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Support Historic Fort Snelling – Take Action Now!

UPDATE: (Jan. 19, 2018) Today Governor Dayton included our request for Historic Fort Snelling in his 2018 budget proposal. MNHS is requesting $30 million in the 2018 session to complete construction in time for the fort’s bicentennial in 2020. Please take a moment to thank the governor for his support.


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The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias

Tips and tricks for the northern gardener collected from 150 years of Minnesota State Horticultural Society publications.

Featured MNopedia Article

First Avenue nightclub, 2005. Photograph by Wikimedia Commons user Mulad.

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry has nurtured a diverse group of musicians, both local and national, and brought together people from various backgrounds.

Collections Item of the Day

On this day in 1962, an out-of-control car careens over the side of St. Paul's High Bridge, lands upside-down on a row of telephone wires, rebounds into the air, and lands on its four wheels. Amazingly, no injuries are reported in the seventy-five-foot fall. Sadly, there are no known photos of this event; this photo shows barges below the High Bridge in 1964.

Gale Family Library

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History Day research

Students of all ages are welcome to research in the Gale Family Library anytime we are open. We are hosting a special Minnebaloo — a research and work day just for History Day students — on Sunday, Jan. ​21​​.

Summer Camps

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Day camps

MNHS day camps, designed for fun-loving kids ages 7–14, are on sale now.