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Featured Events

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Weekends on the Farm

Oliver Kelley Farm

Meet the animals, help with the planting, join in the cooking and explore the many ways spring makes this working 1860s farm come alive.

Tue., May 3
Saint Paul Welcome Hat
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., May 5
Grants Office Open House
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., May 5
Sat., May 7
Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., May 7
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis


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 at Minnesota History Center is now on view
Beyond Bollywood: Indians Shape the Nation exhibit at Minnesota History Center is now on view
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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Video for Bdote Fort Snelling

‘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

Beaded bag made by Margeurite Metivier, c.1860.

Evolution of Dakota Beadwork

Dakota people in what is now Minnesota began using glass beads to decorate clothing, bags, and household items in the mid-nineteenth century. The practice both reinforced and transformed Dakota art, allowing Native artists to preserve a creative tradition that continues in the twenty-first century.

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

Batik Square

A Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. Indigo dyed cotton batik square depicting a loon bordered...

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

Minneapolis Times cycle map, 1896

Explore Minnesota

May traditionally kicks off the summer travel season in Minnesota: the ice is off the lakes, the fish are biting, the roads are snow-free. But even if you don't have a trip planned this month, you can always take a road trip through the past by browsing some of the 2,000 historic maps in the Gale Family Library Collection.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

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