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Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling
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Featured Events

Mill City Museum

Spicy Masala Chai Dance Show

May 1, 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Minnesota History Center

The top-selling, family-friendly show in the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival returns to the stage at the History Center.

Sat., Apr 30
Sat., Apr 30
Sat., Apr 30
Beyond Bollywood Curator Talk
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Apr 30
Spicy Masala Chai Dance Show
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Apr 30
Music, Movement and Mudras Indian Dance Performance
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul


In honor of Prince's legacy, his iconic Purple Rain suit is now on display at the Minnesota History Center. Come view it for free during museum hours, and leave a note on our memory wall.

See more Prince items in our collections

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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

What's Up Doc? exhibit opens at Minnesota History Center on April 30
Power Couples exhibit at James J. Hill House
Then Now Wow exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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‘Bdote Fort Snelling’ Named a National Treasure

The National Trust for Historic Preservation today named “Bdote Fort Snelling” a National Treasure, bringing a national spotlight to a historic place which reveals the richness of the American story. Bdote Fort Snelling is the first National Treasure designated by the National Trust in the state of Minnesota.

History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

Support the Minnesota Historical Society's effort to revitalize Historic Fort Snelling in time for its bicentennial in 2020. Your help is needed!

Featured MNopedia Article

Line of houses on Milwaukee Avenue, 2014.

Milwaukee Avenue Historic District, Minneapolis

The houses of Milwaukee Avenue were built in the 1880s as high-density homes for immigrant workers. When the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority (MHRA) planned to demolish the run-down structures in 1970, neighborhood residents successfully organized to preserve the avenue as a historic district.

New from MNHS Press

Tempt Me book cover

Tempt Me: The Fine Art of Minnesota Cooking

"A must-have book for anyone interested in art and cooking."
— Lucia Watson

Collections Item of the Day

Basketball Star Runs

A photograph of former Minnesota Lakers professional basketball player George Mikan campaigns with...

What's New in the Store

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American Indian gifts, crafts, and books

One-of-a-kind, contemporary hand crafted gifts from the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post.

Gale Family Library

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Environmental Research

This April marks the 40th anniversary of the MN State Legislature banning mining on the waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. If you are interested in learning more about Minnesota's environmental history, the Gale Family Library has Research Guides on a variety of topics — including the history of the BWCA — as well as Guides all about researching in legislative and court records.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

This series guides students' understanding of the past as they analyze historical letters, photos and objects.