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Featured Events

Farmer's Fourth of July

July 4, 10 am - 5 pm | Elk River

Celebrate a Farmer's Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm!

Tue., Jun 28
Little House in the Big Fort Day Camp I
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Tue., Jun 28
Beyond Bollywood Music & Dance Night
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., Jun 30
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Jul 2
Minneapolis Riverfront Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Jul 3
Upper Post Murder Mystery Walking Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul


Prince concert ticket

In honor of Prince's legacy, items related to his storied career are on display in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center through July 30. Come view them for free during library hours. Prince’s Purple Rain suit has been taken off view to ensure its long-term preservation.

Find out about the History is Now: Remembering Prince project.

See more Prince items in our collections

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Become an MNHS member

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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 Closing July 10
For the love of art: paintings by Bettye Olson. Opens June 4 at James J. Hill House.
Skid Row Minneapolis exhibit, Closes July 4
Then Now Wow exhibit at Minnesota History Center
Minnesota's Greatest Generation exhibit at Minnesota History Center
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History Matters

Revitalize Historic Fort Snelling

Take Action Now!

UPDATE (June 14, 2016): Today, Steve Elliott, Director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, spoke in front of the Minnesota House and Senate Capital Investment Conference Committee about Historic Fort Snelling. His testimony included a request for this project to be included in a Special Session Capital Budget Bill. Read the testimony.

Featured MNopedia Article

Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House, St. Paul, 2013.

Burbank-Livingston-Griggs House, St. Paul

The Burbank-Livingston-Griggs house, the second-oldest on Summit Avenue, was designed for a wealthy transportation entrepreneur by Chicago architect Otis L. Wheelock in 1862. Later, four significant local architects left their mark on the landmark structure.

New from MNHS Press

Tempt Me book cover

The Big Marsh: The Story of a Lost Landscape

"A book of dreams and schemes ... a page-turner."
Albert Lea Tribune

Collections Item of the Day

Minnesota Food

A paper “Minnesota Food Products” placemat collected by Margaret Horn of Minnesota, 1965. For more...

History Hound

History Hound illustration

Kids can be a hero for history with a sporty new History Hound t-shirt, hoodie, string backpack and plush toy. Or grab a History Hound Passport to Summer Fun and earn that toy by visiting six MNHS sites.

Gale Family Library

Two adults and five children on a picnic blanket with an American flag in the background

Celebrate summer with a picnic!​

Images and cookbooks from the Gale Family Library to inspire your next outdoor excursion.


Primary Resource Packets

Primary Source Packets

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