Visitor Center

Begin your day at the new visitor center.

people watching a video about kelley farm


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.

girls looking at pot

Learning Kitchen

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

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

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


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.


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