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Historic Adventures MNHS.


Featured Events

Jaedyn James.

Jaedyn James & The Hunger

Aug 21 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Minneapolis

Set in Mill City Museum's dramatic open air Ruin Courtyard, Mill City Live features outdoor music by some of the best local artists and a great opportunity to visit the museum in the evening at a discount.

Wed., Aug 21
Mill City Live: Jaedyn James & The Hunger
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Aug 25
Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Wed., Aug 28
Mill City Live: Willie Wisely
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mon., Sep 2
Tue., Sep 3

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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

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
Minnesota's Greatest Generation Exhibit.
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History Matters

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Thank you, Minnesota

Help us thank state leaders for their ongoing commitment to history.


Mill City Flour Sack Chef Set.

Farmers market

Enjoy gifts of the garden with kitchenware from the Mill City collection.

New from MNHS Press

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The Forever Sky

Brothers look to the stars and spin stories. The best one involves their grandmother and her place in the forever sky.


Featured MNopedia Article

Bemidji’s Great Northern Depot.

Great Northern Depot, Bemidji

Bemidji’s Great Northern Depot—James J. Hill’s last commissioned depot—celebrated its grand opening in January of 1913..

Collections Item of the Day

Closing out Garden Week here on Item of the Day is this postcard of Longfellow Gardens, dated 1905. Longfellow Gardens are located near Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.


 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

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month 

While you can’t bring tasty frozen treats into the Gale Family Library here at the Minnesota Historical Society, we do have some great collections to inspire your next ice cream adventure! 


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Primary Source Packet Series

Engage students in complex history topics and develop their critical-thinking skills with our primary source packets. For grades 5-12.