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Stomping on Winter Family Day

Feb 25  10 - 4 pm | Grand Rapids

Enjoy winter at the Forest History Center with indoor and outdoor games, sledding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, wildlife presentations, tours of the logging camp and more.


Sat., Feb 25
History Forum: The U.S.-Mexico Border
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Feb 25
STEM Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Feb 25
History Forum: The U.S.-Mexico Border
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 26
WOW! Family Sundays: Valentines Then, Valentines Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 26
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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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.

Summer Camps

MNHS Camps

Best Camps in History!

Summer day camps are open for registration.

Featured MNopedia Article

Cess game at the Jewish Educational Center, Saint Paul c.1930.

Jewish Community Center of St. Paul

Like other Jewish community centers across the country, St. Paul's JCC has served Jewish youth and their families since the early twentieth century.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for Fort Snelling at Bdote

Fort Snelling at Bdote

A primer on the complex and contested history of Minnesota’s premier historical site.


 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.

Collections Item of the Day

Purity Brewing

A clear green glass beer bottle from the Purity Brewing Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Purity...


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.

Gale Family Library

Historic photo of an ice castle with a line of horse-drawn carriages

The History of Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival began in 1886 in response to a New York reporter stating that Saint Paul was "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation." This winter celebration attracts thousands of Minnesotans to the state's capital each year.