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Featured Events

Children playing at Fort Snelling.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27 10:00 am - 5:00 pm | St. Paul

On Memorial Day Weekend at Historic Fort Snelling, explore the grounds, visit with interpreters, and engage with the many stories that make up the site's history.

Sun., May 26
Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., May 26
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Mon., May 27
Memorial Day Weekend
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Mon., May 27
Sat., Jun 1

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

History Matters

Ask Governor Walz and your state legislators to support strong operating funding for MNHS this legislative session.


First Avenue Exhibit merchandise.

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

Shop books and gifts from the exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

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

Reception gown worn by Mary LeDuc.

Custom Dressmaking

Throughout the nineteenth century, custom dressmaking was one of the few socially acceptable professions for women of multiple ages and classes, including immigrants, young farm girls, wives, and widows.

Collections Item of the Day

We have collaborated with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on a show called "The Art of High Style: Minnesota Couture 1880–1914," pairing pieces of art from their collection with historic dress from ours. It is on view at MIA until August 4. This is a detail of a pink wool traveling suit, dated 1906, trimmed with pink ribbon and lace. It was identified as Greta Spinning Evans's trousseau gown and made by St. Paul dressmaker Julia Tomasek.


 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

Split Rock lighthouse.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore the history of Split Rock Lighthouse through Gale Family Library resources.


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.