Featured Events

Dried beans.

The Best of Beans

Jan 26 10:00 am - Noon | Elk River

Sample a variety of different beans, then choose from recipes, including appetizers, salads, and veggie burgers, to make in class.

Thu., Jan 24
Fuji-Ya & Riverfront Revival Presentation
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Jan 27
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Feb 2
Race & Rights in Antebellum America
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Feb 2
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis+Minnesota Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Minnesota's Greatest Generation, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
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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Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with new titles from MNHS Press.

New from MNHS Press

The Mukluk Ball book cover.

The Mukluk Ball

"An entertaining tale of cooperation and fun, with illustrations that place the bear and the dance in a place that looks a whole lot like Ely."  Star Tribune


Featured MNopedia Article

Lawrence Vizenor

Lawrence Alexious Vizenor (White Earth Ojibwe) left his home in Becker County, Minnesota, to enlist in the army and fight in World War I in 1918. Before mustering out the following year, he earned military honors and a promotion to corporal.

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

In honor of the hat collection being fully cataloged, the rest of this week's Item of the Day will be hats. This hat is from the 1920s. It is a purple, soft straw cloche hat, ornamented by glass bead decoration.


 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

Student researching.

History Day @ the Gale Family Library

Students of all ages are welcome to research in the Gale Family Library anytime we are open.  We also have a special History Day Help Desk on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays, and we are hosting a special Minnebaloo — a research and work day just for History Day students — on Sunday, January 13!  

Summer Camps

Three boys in a canoe.

The best summer camps in history

Now on sale! Kids will have fun and learn about our state's history, with different programs for different interests.