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.

Sat., Jan 19
Sat., Jan 19
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jan 19
VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Jan 20
Sun., Jan 20

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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 1968 Exhibit

Shop for 1968 exhibit related books and gifts.

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

Einar Rogstad.

Einar Rogstad

Einar A. Rogstad, from Becker County, Minnesota, joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 1917 to fight in World War I. He served overseas, fighting at St. Mihiel, Marbache, Champaigne, and in the Meus-Argonne Offensive.

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 sequined black net and blue satin dress was made by dressmaker Hattie H. McGahn in Minneapolis between 1918 - 1923.


 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.