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Three children and a camp counselor at James J Hill House.
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Featured Events

A group of people planning their gardens.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden Workshop

Feb 22 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Elk River

Learn how to design, establish, plant, and harvest a new vegetable garden.

Sat., Feb 22
STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Feb 23
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get the best deal in history, including FREE regular admission all year long.

Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
Art from the edge of the Boreal Forest exhibit, now on view, James J Hill House.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
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Our Home Native Minnesota.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post books and gifts

The Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit is now on view at the Minnesota History Center. Shop books and gifts from the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post.

New from MNHS Press

When the Stones came to town.

When the Stones Came to Town

Stunning images of some of the greatest musicians from rock ’n’ roll history, including both onstage action and behind-the-scenes candids.


Featured MNopedia Article

S Edward Hall.

S. Edward Hall

S. Edward Hall was a prominent African American barber and advocate for the African American community, both in St. Paul and nationally.

History Matters

Minnesota State Capitol.

Register now

Advocate for history on Thursday, March 5, at History Matters Day at the Minnesota State Capitol.

MNHS Magazine

MNHS Magazine.

Peruse the e-edition

Flip through the digital version of our latest issue of the MNHS Programs & Events magazine.

Collections Item of the Day

This is a pine cage-style bed warmer, in which an electric light bulb could be placed. Katherine Dreves had it made and used it during her work as a nurse to heat patient's beds, circa 1920.


 Queer Voices

Storied: Queer Voices

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we asked some of the editors and contributors to the new MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" about what the LGBTQIA movement means to them. 

Gale Family Library

Handsaker self portrait 1952.

Preserve your family history

Looking for inspiration to preserve your family history?  Take a look at our recently digitized Handsaker Annual Family Albums collection.


Three teenagers and a guide at Ramsey House.

Free field trips

Transport students to hands-on history destinations. Financial assistance provides free or low-cost field trips for Minnesota schools.