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Featured Events

Boy at camp.

Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp

June 29 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | St. Paul

This camp is for kids who want to delve beneath the surface as they learn how Fort Snelling was designed, how the Army worked, how it kept time, stayed healthy and maintained equipment.

Tue., Jun 25
Back to the Past 4-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 29
Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., Jun 30
Engineering the Falls Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Jul 2
First Tuesdays/First Avenue: July
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Jul 2
Bands on the Boulevard: Porcupine
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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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.
Open House exhibit, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
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History Matters

Children at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Thank you, Minnesota

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


Book cover illustration of a cow and child.

Celebrate Dairy Days

Celebrate Dairy Days at the Oliver Kelley Farm with the book It's Milking Time.

New from MNHS Press

Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life.

Hijinx and Hearsay

A look back at famous and infamous artists, musicians, and entertainers who came through Minnesota, viewed through stellar photos and engaging stories from two guys who were there on the scene.


Featured MNopedia Article

ACT UP handbill announcing a march against HIV AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Crisis, 1981‒1997

In 1981, AIDS was a mystery illness—a so-called “gay plague” because of its initial appearance among men who had sex with other men in large coastal cities like New York and San Francisco. Minnesotans breathed a sigh of relief, thinking they were far enough from the epidemic to be safe. But they were wrong.

Collections Item of the Day

Did everyone's grandparents have these? This is a steel lawn chair, with a a molded back resembling a seashell and curved tubular arms terminating in "U." It dates to between 1935 - 1960.


 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

First Avenue music venue.

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry

Explore the history of this Twin Cities landmark – from its time as a bus depot through its modern role as a music venue – using resources at the Gale Family Library.


Three children studying.

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.