Visitor Center

Begin your day at the new visitor center.

A dark room with a farm scene on a multi-panel screen

Introduction

Watch an immersive film on a 30-foot screen with a fresh take on food, farming, and Oliver Kelley, an innovator who changed farming forever.

Stainless steel kitchen island with tall tables and blue chairs in the background

Learning Kitchen

Stop in during the Make & Taste activity, or find an event to explore how food gets from farm to table.

Stuffed animals - ox and black-and-white cat

Shop

Visit the museum store for unique toys, books, and gifts for all ages. 

Two oxen followed by a farmer and a class of students wearing blue t-shirts

Orientation

Regular orientation walks leave from the Visitor Center’s back porch.

Sustainability

Efforts have been made to make the building environmentally friendly, and Gold LEED certification is expected. The visitor center is equipped with geothermal heating, construction materials were all sourced from within 500 miles, and all wood was sustainably grown, harvested, and transported.

Donors

MNHS appreciates the donors whose generosity allows us to welcome more Minnesotans in several new visitor center spaces:

  • Minnesota Farmer’s Hall, made possible by the Davis Family
  • The Learning Kitchen, made possible by a gift from the Page family
  • The Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Education Wing
  • Jim & Pam Deal Classroom
  • Land O’Lakes Classroom