Three children and a camp counselor at James J Hill House.
Tour James J Hill House.
Historic Adventures.


Featured Events

A group of people playing in the snow.

Winter Adventure Family Day

Jan 25 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | Grand Rapids

Make the most of winter at the Forest History Center by heading outdoors to snowshoe, ride bullet sleds, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, or launch snowballs with a giant slingshot.

Sat., Jan 25
Sat., Jan 25
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jan 25
Tue., Jan 28
History Lounge: Frederick Douglass in MN, 1867
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Feb 2
Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get the best deal in history, including FREE regular admission all year long.

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.
Art from the edge of the Boreal Forest exhibit, now on view, James J Hill House.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
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Our Home Native Minnesota.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post books and gifts

The Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit is now on view at the Minnesota History Center. Shop books and gifts from the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post.

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

Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul in 1905.

Theodore Hamm Brewing Company

The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company, one of Minnesota’s most iconic breweries, began brewing beer in about 1865 as Excelsior Brewery in St. Paul. Hamm’s was brewed in Minnesota for well over a century.

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

This early Saint Paul Winter Carnival medal features an eagle with outstretched wings carrying a banner reading: "E. PLURIBUS UNUM". The medal also features the 1888 Ice Palace; the other side depicts Columbia and the date 1888.


 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.