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Featured Events

Children's Day

June 23 10 am - 6 pm | Two Harbors

A day of tours geared for children and free admission for ages 17 and under.

Sat., Jun 23
Engineers & Grenadiers One-Day Camp
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 23
Children's Day
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sat., Jun 23
"Somalis + Minnesota" Exhibit Opening Celebration
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jun 23
Peregrine Falcons on the North Shore
Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors
Sun., Jun 24

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Featured Exhibits

Somalis & Minnesota Opens June 23 Minnesota History Center
The 1968 Exhibit Now on View Minnesota History Center
St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift, Now on View, Mill City Museum
Now on View Minnesota History Center Then Now Wow
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Kent Whitworth

New MNHS director/CEO announced

MNHS will welcome Kent Whitworth as our new director and CEO on July 1, 2018. Currently, he is executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society and a founder of the nationally recognized History Relevance, which is redefining history’s impact on America today.

See News Release.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling Update

UPDATE — May, 30, 2018: Governor Dayton signed the bonding bill today, which includes $15 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling and $8 million for statewide historic sites asset preservation. MNHS thanks Governor Dayton and the legislature for this critical funding, and is grateful for the broad support received from Minnesotans. Thank the governor and state legislators.


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Shop for books and gifts related to The 1968 Exhibit at the History Center.

New from MNHS Press

The Relentless Business of Treaties.

The Relentless Business of Treaties

How making treaties for land cessions with Native American nations transformed human relationships to the land and became a profitable family business.

Featured MNopedia Article

Somali Poetry in Minnesota.

Somali Poetry in Minnesota

Somali poetry is a unique art form with an ancient history and a living legacy.

Collections Item of the Day

Happy Pride weekend! This photo forms part of the Pride celebrations series by Randy Stern.




Explore the tumultuous year of 1968 through the eyes of Minnesotans as they reflect on then and now.

Gale Family Library


Celebrate summer with a picnic!

Images and cookbooks from the Gale Family Library to inspire your next outdoor excursion.

Summer Camps

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Day camps

MNHS day camps, designed for fun-loving kids ages 7–14, are on sale now.