A child and grandfather building a gingerbread house.
Woman holding lots of gifts.
A young girl dressed up as a chef, playing with a toy stove.


Featured Events

Mill equipment.

Washburn A Mill Tour

Nov 16 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Minneapolis

Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building.

Wed., Nov 13
"Our Mighty Mississippi" Storytelling Event
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Nov 16
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Nov 19
Sat., Nov 23
Thanksgiving: Myth, Memory, and Food
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Become a member

Join Us!

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

Featured Exhibits

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
slider in html

Historic Fort Snelling

Images from fort snelling.

Share your thoughts

Join a statewide conversation about the name of this important historic place by taking an online survey.


Winter gift guide.

Winter gift guide

Find the perfect gift for every history lover on your list.

New from MNHS Press

My Mighty Journey book cover.

My Mighty Journey

The story of the past twelve thousand years of Minnesota told from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, with stunning artwork by Gaylord Schanilec.


Featured MNopedia Article

Members of the “Committee to End Discrimination against Fourth Class Whites" protesting fair housing in Saint Paul on December 19, 1962.

Racial Housing Covenants, Twin Cities

Minneapolis real estate developers began writing racial covenants—race-based property ownership restrictions—into property deeds in 1910. Banned by the Minnesota legislature in 1953, their use laid the foundation for contemporary racial disparities in Minnesota.

Collections Item of the Day

Happy National Native American Heritage Month! This Ojibwe birchbark winnowing basket was used for harvesting wild rice. It was made approximately in 1900.


 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

Tollefson family.

It’s National Family History Month

Dig into research with our family history guides.


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.