Welcome to the Minnesota Historical Society! Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-term member, you will find this site full of exciting historical resources available to you with just a click of your finger.
The mission of the Society is to foster an awareness of Minnesota history. As a major educational institution, we aspire to help people gain perspective on the past so that it can guide them in the future. To this end we provide a wide variety of historical programs and services that allow you to experience Minnesota’s history firsthand.
A quick tour of our website will
give you a greater understanding of the scope of our services.
- Learn about our current museum exhibits
- Find a historic
site to visit
- Search our library’s
resources, including the visual
resources database, which contains over 180,000 photographs,
artwork, posters, and fine art photographs from the Society’s collections,
and death certificate index
- Receive an overview of the Society’s vast collections
- Discover more about preservation
efforts in Minnesota
- Browse through resources for our state’s
educators, including on-line
programs, and special field trips for school children
- Read about Northern
Lights, our Minnesota history curriculum
- Review the catalog of titles published by our
- Purchase MHS
Press titles and other
items related to Minnesota history
- Join the Society and receive the benefits available to our members
We hope that what you discover at this site will entice you to come meet us in person. A visit to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, or to any of our historic sites throughout the state, offers you an unparalleled opportunity to explore Minnesota’s roots. We’re ready to serve as host to your school field trip, family vacation, or special event.
The Society depends upon generous support from a variety of sources, including the State of Minnesota, the federal government, corporations and foundations, and our members and friends – individuals like you. Your gift has never been more important to the Society’s success. We ask that you make a gift to our 2008-09 Annual Appeal, in support of the Society’s general operating needs and programs, or consider including the Society in your estate plans.
Your support will help ensure the Society’s strength today and its ability to serve future generations.