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Featured Events

History of Civil Rights in Minnesota

Aug 12 5:30 pm | Mendota

Have a drink with your friends while learning about Minnesota's past. 

Sat., Jul 30
Archaeology for Kids One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Jul 30
Saturday Morning Cartoons with the Chuck Jones Family
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jul 30
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jul 30
Sun., Jul 31
Railroad History Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis


Prince concert ticket

In honor of Prince's legacy, items related to his storied career are on display in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center through July 30. Come view them for free during library hours. Prince’s Purple Rain suit has been taken off view to ensure its long-term preservation.

Find out about the History is Now: Remembering Prince project.

See more Prince items in our collections

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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

What's Up Doc? exhibit at Minnesota History Center is now on view
Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory Exhibit, Opens Sept. 24, Buy Tickets Now
For the love of art: paintings by Bettye Olson. Opens June 4 at James J. Hill House.
A Cure for Everything The Archaeology of Medicine at Fort Snelling Now on View Historic Fort Snelling
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (July 15, 2016): Minnesota legislative leaders and Governor Dayton met today to discuss plans for a possible special session that could be held as early as mid-August. While no firm decisions were made, leaders seemed more optimistic that they could reach an agreement on issues that were not completed during the regular session. MNHS will continue to advocate for funding for the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center / Revitalization project. Fort Snelling advocates are urged to continue communications with legislators and Governor Dayton in support of the Historic Fort Snelling project.

Featured MNopedia Article

“Intermediate” students inside a classroom at an American Indian boarding school in Beaulieu, Minnesota, c.1900.

American Indian Boarding Schools

American Indian boarding schools, which operated in Minnesota and across the United States beginning in the late nineteenth century, represent a dark chapter in U.S. history.


 1 month, 8 parts, 1 story

The Pilgrims

Go beyond the bare facts of Minnesota history. Uncover the real stories and real people behind the dates — and for a short time, inhabit their lives.

New from MNHS Press

Mama Loved to Worry book cover

Mama Loved to Worry

"A tall tale fit for worrying mothers everywhere."
Kirkus Reviews

Collections Item of the Day

2,000,000th Ford

A photograph celebrating the 2,000,000th Ford made in Minnesota on October 6, 1956. This image...

History Hound

History Hound illustration

Kids can be a hero for history with a sporty new History Hound t-shirt, hoodie, string backpack and plush toy. Or grab a History Hound Passport to Summer Fun and earn that toy by visiting six MNHS sites.

Gale Family Library

Jolly Green Giant holding a Haagen-Dazs ice cream container, standing near the Pillsbury Doughboy

Tastes Like Summer: Researching Ice Cream in Minnesota

Celebrate national ice cream month with Gale Family Library and discover ice cream images, recipes, and stories in our collections.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

This series guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.