Begin your visit by feeding your curiosity about our history.

The visitor center hosts rotating and traveling exhibits that illuminate aspects of Minnesota and US history relating to the fort and the people who crossed paths here.

Admission is free to all exhibits on view in the visitor center.

Current Exhibit

I Am Not Invisible

On view July 21–August 3, 2018

Located in the visitor center (free) and inside the historic fort (included with $6–12 admission)

This portrait exhibit features 33 Minnesota women veterans who have served our nation. The exhibit is part of an awareness campaign honoring the service, myriad contributions, and sacrifice of women veterans, designed to show them that they are respected, supported, and seen.  

A collaborative project led by Ars Bellum Foundation, Women Veterans Initiative, 23rd Veteran, Minnesota VFW Charitable Association, and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.

Current Exhibit

May 8, 1942 — Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus.

May 8, 1942 — Hayward, California. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Courtesy Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment.


Courage and Compassion: Our Shared Story of the Japanese American World War II Experience

On view June 30–September 3, 2018

Through use of images, audio, and interactive elements, this exhibit provides a 360-degree perspective of the WWII experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry, while exploring its relevance today. Learn the stories of Japanese Americans — and of the bravery, integrity, and extraordinary support of Japanese Americans within ten communities across the country — during and immediately after WWII.

The exhibit also chronicles a myriad of stories of Japanese American community-building and civic engagement in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Find public programs related to Japanese Americans' experiences during WWII offered during the exhibit's run.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Site Grant Program and made possible through collaboration between Go For Broke National Education Center and the Twin Cities Japanese American Citizens League. Additional support provided by the Earl Tanbara Japanese-American History Endowment Fund.