Featured Events

Man leading two horses in the snow.

Stomping on Winter Family Day

Feb 23 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Grand Rapids

Stomp on winter at the Forest History Center with a family day filled with indoor and outdoor activities including, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations, and more.

Sun., Feb 17
Mon., Feb 18
"States of Incarceration" Exhibit Closing
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Wed., Feb 20
American Indian Collaborative Storytelling
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 24
"Thank You for Shopping" Exhibit Closing
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

151st Field Artillery Regiment.

151st Field Artillery Regiment

The 151st Field Artillery is one of the oldest, most decorated units in the Minnesota National Guard.

History Matters

Historic Fort Snelling Revitalization

MNHS is proceeding with a revised project and revised budget that allows construction for the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project to start in Fall 2019.

Collections Item of the Day

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Willie Murphy, the musical legend of the West Bank. This 1990 portrait of Murphy by Minnesota artist Greg Kelsey (1951-91) is a recent addition to our art collection. It was donated in his memory by Kelsey's widow Sally Johnson, Director of the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.


 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

Winter Carnival.

The History of Winter Carnival at the Gale Family Library

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 capital each year.

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.