Discover Dakota life, Dakota Culture Lower Sioux Agency
When was the last time you visited? Split Rock Lighthouse
See sacred carvings older than Stonhenge Jeffers Petreglyphs

Featured Events

Prairie Sugar & Sweets Weekend

Sept. 30, 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Visitors can help with the process of turning sorghum into sweet, syrupy molasses.

Sun., Sep 24
WOW! Family Sundays: Lunch Boxes Then, Lunch Boxes Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Sep 24
Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Sep 26
History Day 101 Workshop
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Sep 26
Knitting Social
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center Extended until Nov. 11
Attack on New Ulm One Painting: Many Perspectives Now on View James J. Hill House
Renewing What they Gave Us Native American Artists in Residence Now on View Minnesota History Center
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera  Now on View Minnesota HIstory Center
The history exhibit that plays well with kids.  Now on View Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

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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

Gabriel Renville, ca. 1880–1881.

Gabriel Renville

Gabriel Renville was a fur trader, a farmer, and the leader of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota from 1867 until 1892. Related by blood to multiple Dakota bands and mixed-ancestry families, he opposed Ta Oyate Duta (His Red Nation, also known as Little Crow) and other Dakota who fought against whites in the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War.

New from MNHS Press

The Lincoln Del Cookbook

The Lincoln Del Cookbook

"More than a cookbook; it’s a time capsule of a Twin Cities Jewish community icon.” Lonny Goldsmith, editor, TC Jewfolk


Girl working on a bead project

Teaching American Indian History and Culture

MNHS is your partner in history education. Learn about products, experiences and resources developed to broaden your knowledge and engage students around American Indian history and culture.

Collections Item of the Day

A photograph the crowd releasing balloons at the 1949 University of Minnesota Homecoming football game against Purdue.

Gale Family Library

National League for Womans Service poster

Researching Minnesota in the Great War

World War I, or "The Great War," was a profound turning point in world history. For many Minnesotans, the Great War was the first international event to directly impact their lives. Learn more about the war effort abroad and the great political and social changes happening at home in Minnesota.


WW1 America gifts

WW1 America Books and Gifts

Buy great gifts at — and know that every purchase you make supports MNHS and preserves our state's history.


 Minnesota Farming

Minnesota Farming

Learn where your food comes from and the history behind Twin Cities farming communities.