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Featured Events

Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day

April 1  10 - 4 pm | Grand Rapids

Learn more about the man who many consider the father of wildlife management.

Sat., Apr 1
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Wed., Apr 5
History Hound Hijinx: Spring Break
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., Apr 6
Thu., Apr 6
Members-Only WW1 America Exhibit Preview
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Apr 8
Civil War Symposium
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

Penumbra Theatre at 40 Now on View February 18, 2017
WW1 America Opens April 8, 2017 Minnesota History Center
Raymond and Ruth Reister Collection Exhibit Opens Feb. 11 James J. Hill House
Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, The Photography of Daniel Corrigan
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (Jan. 4, 2017): Governor Dayton included the Historic Fort Snelling revitalization project in his 2017 Capital Investment recommendations to the Legislature. This is great news for this important project. The Legislature will now consider Capital Investment requests in the regular 2017 Session. Please take a moment to thank Governor Dayton for his continued support and urge your legislators to support the Fort Snelling Revitalization project.

Featured MNopedia Article

The dam at the Mississippi headwaters as tourist destination, c.1960

How the Environment Has Shaped the State

The environmental history of what has become Minnesota highlights the reciprocal relationship between nature and society — each shaping the other over time.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for The Bride Price

The Bride Price

A principled decision brings unexpected consequences for a Hmong American woman struggling to reconcile the two cultures — and to be a good daughter while breaking the rules.

Summer Camps

MNHS Camps

Best Camps in History!

Summer day camps are open for registration.

Gale Family Library

Women's suffrage club, 1913

Researching Minnesota women

March is Women's History Month!​ ​You can use the collections of the Gale Family Library to learn about plenty of important Minnesota women.

Collections Item of the Day

Warren MacKenzie Bowl

A ten-paneled stoneware bowl made by Warren MacKenzie of Stillwater, MN in 1996. For more...


 Penumbra Theatre at 40

Penumbra Theatre at 40

Hear about the past, present, and future of Penumbra Theatre from Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus, Lou Bellamy, and Artistic Director, Sarah Bellamy.


Minnesota state capitol gifts

Minnesota State Capitol Gifts

Buy great gifts at shop.mnhs.org — and know that every purchase you make supports MNHS and preserves our state's history.