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

Featured Events

Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour

July 1  1 - 4 pm | Minneapolis

Meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and learn about Minnesota's complicated relationship with booze.

Sat., Jul 1
Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jul 1
Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Jul 2
Upper Post Walking Tour: A Murder Mystery
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sun., Jul 2
Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Jul 2
Xasuuso: Remember 1960
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Featured Exhibits

WW1 America Now on View Minnesota History Center
Penumbra Theatre at 40 Closes July 11 Minnesota History Center
Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nations Armed Forces Now on View
Beyond Fitzgerald: Art and Literature in Minnesota During the 1920s and 1930s Now on View James J. Hill House
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 (May 26, 2017): Thank state leaders for funding for Historic Fort Snelling. The legislature included $4 million for the revitalization of Historic Fort Snelling in the capital investment budget passed May 26th. This money will fund design work, the next step toward construction. MNHS will advocate for the remaining $30 million in the 2018 legislative session.

Featured MNopedia Article

Minnesota Representative Terry Morrow (DFL) speaks on the House floor against SF 1308.

Minnesota Amendment 1

In 2013, Minnesota voters rejected a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution. Minnesota Amendment 1 would have limited marriage to heterosexual couples. Minnesota became the first and only state to reject a same-sex marriage ban through the will of voters.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for The Bride Price

Alice in France

The engaging and revealing letters of a woman who, with thousands of others, volunteered for service in World War I Europe, taking on jobs that freed men for the trenches.


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 black and white photograph of a lake made by Lynn Geesaman and housed in a metal sculpture made by Irve Dell. The work is titled “Leaf Book A/P” and was made in 1988.

Gale Family Library


Research Ojibwe History

Maude Kegg, or Naawakamigookwe (Middle of the Earth Lady), was a renowned Ojibwe artist, writer, and cultural preservationist. Learn more about Maude Kegg and Ojibwe culture and history at the Gale Family Library.


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.