It's Easier than Ever to Explore Minnesota Museums

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April 17, 2013
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It's Easier than Ever to Explore Minnesota Museums

The new 2013 Travel Map and free Minnesota Museums app make it a snap to plan a visit to a historic site or museum.

May is Minnesota Museums Month and the official start to the summer travel season. Get out and explore a new museum in your community, take a road trip or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos and more—are participating. Plus, finding Minnesota museums to visit just got easier. The 2013 Travel Map shows you how to best navigate the Minnesota Historical Society’s 26 historic sites and museums. And a free Minnesota Museums app, available May 1, will direct you to any or all of Minnesota's 500+ museums. You can search by theme and location. The app will also suggest museums based on your geographic location.For more information visit

sites mapOr let history come to you. Six new stops have been added to the Minnesota River Valley Mobile Tour, which can be accessed anywhere, anytime, by calling 866-601-3010. The tour offers stories and reflections about historic sites along the river valley, the people who lived there and the lasting impact of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

May is also National Historic Preservation Month, the perfect time to explore a MHS historic site and museum. Split Rock Lighthouse, just north of Two Harbors, offers daily tours and special programs like the annual beacon lighting in commemoration of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. At the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, climb a 100 foot fire tower and meet up with the blacksmiths, cooks, lumberjacks and draft horses. At Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post in Onamia, step inside the Four Seasons Room to view a life-size diorama, then visit the trading post for unique Ojibwe-made gifts. At the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site in Little Falls, walk through the famous aviator’s boyhood home and sit in a Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator in the Visitor Center. View world-renowned American Indian carvings at Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey, explore life in a small town circa 1899 at Historic Forestville in Preston, or learn about the fur trade at the North West Company Fur Post, Pine City.

In the metro, visit Mill City Museum to take a ride on the eight-story Flour Tower elevator, view the award-winning film “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” and enter the Baking Lab for free smells and tastes. Go on a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol, join guides from the James J. Hill House for a stroll down St. Paul’s historic Summit Avenue and sip a cocktail while learning about popular art and culture of the Victorian era at the Alexander Ramsey House. Plus, get up close with the sheep, pigs and chickens at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm in Elk River and at Historic Fort Snelling, delight in the firing of the cannons and explore the restored barracks, hospital and commandants house.

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The 2013 Travel Map is an innovative and fun way to explore the Society’s network of 26 museums and historic sites. Use the map to plan daytrips, weekend getaways or extended vacations. It can be ordered by calling 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773. Visit online at


Selected programs are made possible by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported by our Premier Sponsors, Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.