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Featured Events

Winter Adventure Family Day

Jan 28 10 am - 4 pm | Grand Rapids

Make the most of winter by heading outdoors to snowshoe, cross-country ski, ride bullet sleds down a groomed hill and launch snowballs with a giant slingshot.

Tue., Jan 24
Special Evening with Dr. Pauline Boss
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Tue., Jan 24
History Lounge: The Ford Century in Minnesota
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Jan 28
Sun., Jan 29
WOW! Family Sundays: Winter Then, Winter Now
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Jan 29
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Penumbra Theatre at 40 Opens February 18, 2017
WW1 America Opens April 8, 2017 Minnesota History Center
Eugene McCarthy & The 1968 Presidential Election Closing Jan 22
Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, The Photography of Daniel Corrigan
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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.

Featured MNopedia Article

Como Park Conservatory

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

The conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul is a well-maintained example of a Victorian greenhouse. While many similar “crystal palaces” have been torn down, St. Paul’s conservatory has remained a center for horticulture, recreation, and education for over a century.

New from MNHS Press

 Book cover for Storm's Coming!

Storm's Coming!

Attentive young Sophie lives with her family at a lighthouse on the shore of Lake Superior.


Minnesota state capitol gifts

Minnesota State Capitol Gifts

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

Collections Item of the Day

Self Portrait

An ink and ink wash on paper by Erle Loran, 1944. Titled “Self Portrait”. For more information or...


Screenshot of the Forests, Fields and the Falls website

Forests, Fields and the Falls

An exciting online graphic novel that explores Minnesota's early industries of logging, farming and milling.