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Featured Events

Bluebeard's Dollhouse Performance

Sept 30, 7:30 pm - 9 pm | St. Paul

Charles Perrault's murderous fairy tale "Bluebeard" merges with Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" in this haunting, immersive promenade-style theatrical event by Combustible Company.

Tue., Oct 4
History Flirt: Gridiron Glory
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Oct 4
Minnesota History and Dinner in 4 Bites
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., Oct 6
Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., Oct 6
2016 Twin Cities Black Film Festival
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Oct 8
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Local Heritage Preservation Month

Celebrating 100 Years of Moving History Forward

Governor Dayton has declared September Local Heritage Preservation Month in Minnesota, the only state with a nonprofit county-level history organization in every county. MNHS is celebrating its 100th anniversary of providing local history services to the statewide history community.

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

Featured Exhibits

Hall of Fame Gridiron Glory Exhibit, Now on View, Buy Tickets Now
Up and Down The H.H.H. Portfolio Now on View Mill City Museum
For the love of art: paintings by Bettye Olson. Opens June 4 at James J. Hill House.
A Cure for Everything The Archaeology of Medicine at Fort Snelling Now on View Historic Fort Snelling
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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Featured MNopedia Article


Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis

As enthusiasm for professional sports grew in Minnesota during the mid-twentieth century, Metropolitan Stadium, designed for baseball, became too small and had too few amenities to continue to attract professional teams.


Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore one of Minnesota's National Historic Landmarks with this audio-visual account of the making of the lighthouse.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (Sept. 15, 2016): The funding request for a revitalized Historic Fort Snelling remains undecided. We are hopeful that the legislature will take up the request in the 2017 session and we will continue to advocate for its support. You can help. Let your legislators and Governor Dayton know that Historic Fort Snelling matters.

New from MNHS Press

 Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior

Making Waves: Grassroots Feminism in Duluth and Superior

“This book is simply remarkable.”
Emily Larson, Duluth Mayor

Coming soon from MNHS Press

 U.S. Bank Stadium book cover

U.S. Bank Stadium: The New Home of the Minnesota Vikings

A behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular new U.S. Bank Stadium — a must-have book for any Vikings fan. Preorder now!

Collections Item of the Day

Boy and His Sled

A 1/6 plate Daguerreotype showing Everett H. Bailey poised with his sled in 1853. Bailey would...

Gale Family Library

Students reading at desks

Bring Your Class to the Library!

Librarians will teach your students how research with primary sources at MNHS. Just fill out our class visit form to book an experience.


Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

Broaden your knowledge and discover new teaching practices in our professional development workshops.