Woman holding lots of gifts.
A child and grandfather building a gingerbread house.
A young girl dressed up as a chef, playing with a toy stove.


Featured Events

A Victorian Christmas tree.

Christmas Saturdays

Dec 21 10:00 am - 3:30 pm | St. Paul

Explore the James J. Hill House on a self-guided tour to see how the Hill family and their servants prepared for the holidays.

Fri., Dec 13
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Fri., Dec 13
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Fri., Dec 13
An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Dec 14
Family Baking Workshop: Holiday Traditions
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
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Holiday catalog.

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Find the perfect gift for every history lover on your list.

New from MNHS Press

When the Stones came to town.

When the Stones Came to Town

Stunning images of some of the greatest musicians from rock ’n’ roll history, including both onstage action and behind-the-scenes candids.


Featured MNopedia Article

United States Steel’s Extaca plant, 1960.

Commercialization of Taconite

Though taconite was identified as an iron-bearing rock on the Iron Ranges of northern Minnesota long before the 1950s, it wasn’t until then that it was profitably extracted, processed, and shipped to steel mills on the Great Lakes.

History Matters

Young people at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Save the date

Save the date for History Matters Day at the Capitol, Thursday, March 5.

Collections Item of the Day

A new small exhibit opens in the Library Lobby this week celebrating Minnesota History, the Magazine! Item of the Day will feature something that was both in the magazine and is now on view all week. The Library is free and open to the public; come take a look! This is a jin-di-sugi cabinet (commode is another word for cabinet) constructed of cypress, but painted to resemble driftwood. It was created by local designer John S. Bradstreet, who was active in the Arts and Crafts movement.


 Queer Voices

Storied: Queer Voices

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we asked some of the editors and contributors to the new MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" about what the LGBTQIA movement means to them. 

Gale Family Library

Handsaker self portrait 1952.

Preserve your family history

Looking for inspiration to preserve your family history?  Take a look at our recently digitized Handsaker Annual Family Albums collection.


Three teenagers and a guide at Ramsey House.

Free field trips

Transport students to hands-on history destinations. Financial assistance provides free or low-cost field trips for Minnesota schools.