Contact Information & Departments


General Information

Phone: 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773


Phone: 612-726-1171
Fax: 612-725-2429

The Archaeology Department collects and preserves the materials and records of human culture relating to Minnesota and relates the human story through research and interpretation.

Development & Membership

Website: Support Us

Phone: 651-259-3119  Fax: 651-296-1004  Toll free: 888-293-4440  Email:

Phone: 651-259-3131  Fax: 651-297-7804  Toll free: 888-293-4440  Email:

The department raises funds from individuals, corporations and foundations to support MNHS. It is also responsible for building and maintaining MNHS' membership program.

Director's Office

Phone: 651-259-3100
Fax: 651-296-1004

Contact the Director's Office to communicate with Director D. Stephen Elliott or MNHS' governing board.


Phone: 651-259-3001
Website: Education

The Education Division oversees a broad range of programs and services for students, teachers, families, adults and other lifelong learners and manages public programs and guest services at the Minnesota History Center. MNHS works closely with K-12 educators and other statewide partners to make a difference in the lives of Minnesota's youth through programs like National History Day in Minnesota and the Northern Lights textbook. Other teaching resources, including teacher workshops, curriculum kits, and History Live!, are aligned with state academic standards and support educators' curriculum and instruction. The Education Division provides field trips to the Minnesota History Center, featuring the innovative new Play the Past mobile app for students, and supports the development of college and career readiness for young adults through its Summer History Immersion Program, Teen Gallery Assistant Program, Teen Advisory Council, and other programs. A diverse menu of public programs at the Minnesota History Center engages learners of all ages and abilities. Whether it's Nine Nights of Music, the History Forum Lecture Series, RetroRama or a History Pub Crawl, the Education Division has an enjoyable learning experience for everyone!

Enterprise Technology and Web Development

Phone: 651-259-3045
Fax: 651-282-2374

Enterprise Technology and Web Development serves MNHS guests online, in retail stores, and in schools. We support our internal partners who deliver programs, products and services to support the MNHS mission.

Facilities & Risk Management

Phone: 651-259-3477
Fax: 651-297-3343

Facilities & Risk Management oversees facilities management and preservation for all MNHS properties, including sustainability and capital projects, risk management, and fire/life safety/security programs. These statewide operations provide well maintained, efficient, and secure infrastructure so that MNHS can promote and carry out its mission for the benefit of visitors and staff. In addition, we manage multiple support services including Cafe Minnesota at the History Center and events and rentals there. Find out how to rent space at the Minnesota History Center.


Phone: 651-259-3101
Fax: 651-297-5650

Finance supports MNHS by providing support services related to accounting, financial reporting, contracting and purchasing and other financial services.

Historic Preservation

Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) preserves and promotes Minnesota history by working to identify, evaluate, register and protect Minnesota's historic and archaeological properties; encourage the development of local history organizations and activities; and assist government agencies in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities.

Phone: 651-259-3450  Email:  Website: Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Local History Services (Field Services) augments your history organization's development and your own management skills with tools and services designed to help you interpret and preserve the history of your community.

Phone: 651-259-3460  Email:  Website: Local History Services (Field Services)

Grants for historic preservation and interpretation or tax incentives are available for the rehabilitation of historic properties.

Phone (grants): 651-259-3467  Phone (tax incentives): 651-259-3462  Email:  Website: Grants

Historic Sites & Museums

Historic Sites and Museums administers 32 state historic sites throughout Minnesota. This network of historic sites represents some of the most compelling aspects of Minnesota history, and provides a place for visitors to hear the stories and visit the real places where Minnesota history happened.

Historic Sites & Museums Administration Phone: 651-259-3472 Fax: 651-297-8224

Alexander Ramsey House  651-296-8760

Birch Coulee Battlefield  800-657-3773

Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site  320-616-5421

Comstock House  218-291-4211

Folsom House  651-465-3125

Forest History Center  218-327-4482

Fort Ridgely  507-508-2848

Harkin Store  507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160

Historic Forestville  507-765-2785

Historic Fort Snelling  612-726-1171

James J. Hill House  651-297-2555

Jeffers Petroglyphs  507-628-5591

Lac qui Parle Mission  320-269-7636

Lower Sioux Agency  507-697-6321

Marine Mill  651-433-3636

Mill City Museum  612-341-7582

Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post  320-532-3632

Minnehaha Depot  651-228-0263

Minnesota History Center  651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773

Minnesota State Capitol  651-296-2881

North West Company Fur Post  320-629-6356

Oliver Kelley Farm  763-441-6896

Sibley Historic Site  651-452-1596

Split Rock Lighthouse  218-226-6372

Traverse des Sioux  507-934-2160

W.W. Mayo House  507-665-3250

Human Resources, Volunteers & Interns

Phone: 651-259-3190
Fax: 651-297-3343

Human Resources, Volunteers and Interns is responsible for policy development and implementation; compensation plans; recruitment, selection, orientation and training; compliance with federal, state and local regulations; managerial, supervisory and general staff development; position classification; performance management; and administration of benefit programs.

Library & Collections

The Library and Collections Division includes the following departments:

Reference provides the public with access to MNHS Collections. Reference staff assist researchers in person at the Gale Family Library and also answer questions through phone and email.

Contact Form  Phone: 651-259-3300

Collections builds the MNHS collections through the selection and acquisition of art, books, government records, maps, personal papers, organizational records, 3D objects, film, video, historical and fine art photographs and music.


Digital Collections Services undertakes technical activities relating to the access and management of the MNHS' rich and diverse collections, with an emphasis on the digital. Units include Digital Newspapers, Digital Preservation, Collections Digitization, Archival Processing and Cataloging, and the Collections Management System.

Contact: Shawn Rounds, Head of DCS  Phone: 651-259-3265

Conservation preserves information and material culture that is the physical evidence of the history of the state through the operation of five labs: photographic, microfilm, book and paper, textile and objects. The department also provides advice and technical information to assist other state agencies, museums, historical societies, libraries and archives, and the general public in the preservation of material culture.

Phone: 651-259-3382  Email:  Website: Conservation

State Archives collects historical records from almost 4,000 units of government in the state from the territorial period to the present day.

Phone: 651-259-3260   Website: State Archives

Marketing & Communications

Media relations contact:
Marketing contact:

Marketing & Communications promotes the Minnesota Historical Society and its programs and services through communication strategies that are honest, effective and innovative. Our goal is to increase awareness and attendance so that MNHS may deliver its mission to more people.

Minnesota Historical Society Press

Phone: 800-647-7827
Fax: 651-297-1345

The Minnesota Historical Society Press is a leading publisher of the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The Press advances research, supports education, and serves the local community through the publication of books and e-products, the Minnesota History journal, and the free, digital encyclopedia, MNopedia.

Minnesota History Center, Exhibitions & Diversity Initiatives

Phone: 651-259-3000

The Minnesota History Center hosts exhibits, concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society administration, library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics. The department also oversees diversity initiatives for MNHS.

Public Policy & Community Relations

Public Policy and Community Relations manages communications with the Minnesota state government.

General Information

Phone: 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773