1968 Photo Op Nov. 11 - Jan. 8 Minnesota History Center
Create holiday memories and traditions Find MNHS holiday events

Featured Events

Don Irwin Holiday Piano Concert

Dec. 14 & 15 7:30 - 9 pm | St. Paul

Celebrate the holidays with musician Don Irwin and his virtuoso piano styling of your favorite holiday melodies.

Thu., Dec 14
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Thu., Dec 14
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Thu., Dec 14
Thu., Dec 14
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Fri., Dec 15
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Become a member

Become an MNHS member

Join Us!

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


Boy holding corn in a field

6th Grade Minnesota History Pass

Sixth graders can go to any MNHS location for FREE! It's a great way for children to explore history during non-school hours.

Featured Exhibits

1968 Opening Dec. 23 Minnesota History Center
Sights, Sounds and Soul : The Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis Now on View Mill City Museum
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
Renewing What they Gave Us Native American Artists in Residence Now on View Minnesota History Center
Attack on New Ulm One Painting: Many Perspectives Now on View James J. Hill House
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
slider in html

Shop MNHS holiday events, gifts, books

New from MNHS Press

Jul book cover

Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions

“This book makes me want to go into the kitchen and plan a holiday party!”
— Beatrice Ojakangas, author of The Great Scandinavian Baking Book

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE: The state of Minnesota provided $4 million for design work at Historic Fort Snelling in the 2017 Legislative Session. MNHS is advocating for the remaining $30 million for construction in 2018. Send a note to thank your state leaders for funding the design work and ask that they support construction funding in the 2018 session. Read more about the project.

Featured MNopedia Article

A Mexican American migrant farm worker harvesting asparagus near Owatonna, ca. 1955.

Migrant Workers

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, migrant workers, mainly from Mexico, have played a vital role in Minnesota’s economy, often working in low-wage farming and food-processing industries.

Collections Item of the Day

These felt holiday ornaments were designed by Uno Hispanic Branding, Minneapolis, 2010.

Gale Family Library

A woman and four children sitting in front of a decorated Christmas tree in a living room

Uncover the history of your house

Going home for the holidays? Research the history of your childhood home in Minnesota with this helpful guide to House and Building History Research by the Gale Family Library.


African Americans in WW1

African Americans in WW1

During World War I, African Americans were asked to help make the world "safe for democracy" and contribute to the war effort, though they were denied equality at home. Learn more about their experience.