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Featured Events

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

Dec 14 10:00 am - 3:30 pm | St. Paul

Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants.

Sun., Dec 9
Family Baking Workshop: Holiday Traditions
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Dec 9
Thu., Dec 13
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Thu., Dec 13
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis+Minnesota Now on View, Minnesota History Center
Now On View Minnesota History Center The 1968 Exhibit
Charles Beck, an artist for all seasons, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center
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Shop the MNHS Holiday Catalog

Browse our holiday selection of MNHS Press books and unique gifts for history lovers.

New from MNHS Press

Thank You for Shopping

Relive the glory days of retail—when a trip to the department store was a special occasion—with nostalgic stories and vintage photos and ads.  


Featured MNopedia Article

Letter to Surgeon General on transportation of patient D P.

Leprosy in Minnesota

Few people realize that leprosy was a medical concern in Minnesota during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Many of the affected were Norwegian immigrants.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization

Governor Dayton signed a bonding bill on May 30, 2018, which includes $15 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling and $8 million for statewide historic sites asset preservation. MNHS thanks Governor Dayton and the legislature for this critical funding, and is grateful for the broad support received from Minnesotans.

Collections Item of the Day

This images is part of the Outdoor Christmas lighting contest, Minneapolis photograph collection, from 1941. That is quite a Snow Santa!


 Prince Before the Rain

Prince: Before the Rain

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu captured Prince's progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. 

Gale Family Library

Tastes Like Fall: Recipes and Cookbooks at the Library

Come browse our comprehensive collection of Minnesota cookbooks for the perfect recipe for your November feasts.