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

Featured Events

Mill City Oktoberfest

Sept. 23, 8 am - 2 pm | Minneapolis

Celebrate Minnesota brewing past and present as Mill City Museum and the Mill City Farmers Market team up for the 11th annual Mill City Oktoberfest.

Thu., Sep 21
History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Sep 23
Mill City Oktoberfest
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Sep 23
Sat., Sep 23
Museum Day Live! Free Admission
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 Open Sept. 23, 2017 Minnesota History Center
AMVETS Post #5 Photography by Xavier Tavera
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 puzzle clock promoting the educational children's television show Romper Room, which aired in the United States between 1953 and 1994.

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 shop.mnhs.org — 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.