Take action for history History Matters Day - Feb 23 Minnesota State Capitol

Featured Events

Stomping on Winter Family Day

Feb 25  10 - 4 pm | Grand Rapids

Enjoy winter at the Forest History Center with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations, tours of the logging camp and more.


Tue., Feb 21
Sat., Feb 25
History Forum: The U.S.-Mexico Border
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Feb 25
STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Feb 25
History Forum: The U.S.-Mexico Border
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 26
WOW! Family Sundays: Valentines Then, Valentines Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

Penumbra Theatre at 40 Now on View February 18, 2017
WW1 America Opens April 8, 2017 Minnesota History Center
Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection Exhibit Opens Feb. 11 James J. Hill House
Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, The Photography of Daniel Corrigan
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 (Jan. 4, 2017): Governor Dayton included the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project in his 2017 Capital Investment recommendations to the Legislature. This is great news for this important project. The Legislature will now consider Capital Investment requests in the regular 2017 Session. Please take a moment to thank Governor Dayton for his continued support and urge your legislators to support the Fort Snelling Revitalization project.

Summer Camps

MNHS Camps

Best Camps in History!

Summer day camps are open for registration.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for Fort Snelling at Bdote

Fort Snelling at Bdote

A primer on the complex and contested history of Minnesota’s premier historical site.

Featured MNopedia Article

Hmong students in a class at the Lao Family Community Center inside a branch of the St. Paul YMCA, c.1980.

Spotlight On Immigrants and Refugees

Explore MNopedia's new topic spotlight to learn how refugees and immigrants — Norwegians and Swedes as well as Jewish, Latino, and Hmong people — have made Minnesota home throughout our state's history.


 Penumbra Theatre at 40

Penumbra Theatre at 40

Hear about the past, present, and future of Penumbra Theatre from Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus, Lou Bellamy, and Artistic Director, Sarah Bellamy.

Gale Family Library

Historic photo of an ice castle with a line of horse-drawn carriages

The History of Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in 1886 in response to a New York reporter stating that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." This winter celebration attracts thousands of Minnesotans to the state's capital each year.


Minnesota state capitol gifts

Minnesota State Capitol Gifts

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

Collections Item of the Day

The Office

A stereoview photograph of an office interior, possibly the C.A. Pillsbury Company office in the...