2014 Summer Travel Season Just Got Better

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Release dated: 
April 16, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

2014 Summer Travel Season Just Got Better

Visit Minnesota museums with new Travel Map, free Minnesota Museums app and free admission for kids at Mill City Museum and Minnesota History Center in May

May is Museums Month in Minnesota. 2014 marks the third annual celebration of Minnesota's nearly 600 museums throughout the state. From history and art museums to gardens and zoos, Minnesota's attractions enhance the state's quality of life and offer a variety of options for tourists. Use the 2014 Travel Map to navigate the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MNHS) 26 historic sites and museums. And explore Minnesota's museums statewide with the free MN Museums app. Download the app at www.museumsmonth.org.

In celebration of Museums Month, children will be admitted free of charge with a paying adult during the entire month of May at MNHS’ two signature museums in the Twin Cities – the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. (The offer excludes school field trips.) In addition, moms will receive free admission at both museums on Mother's Day, May 11.

MNHS historic sites and museums offer something for all ages and interests – tours, activities, crafts, performances and this year, three new programs:

  • Go on a family-friendly tour at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and learn about the origins of a curious, imaginative and extraordinary boy who grew up along the Mississippi River. The new tour “Lindbergh – Extraordinary Boy” is offered daily during regular hours from June 5 to Aug. 31.
  • A new tour at Historic Fort Snelling will draw new visitors and returning visitors alike. “Tensions at the Fort” is a 45-minute guided experience that slowly builds anticipation until a dramatic conclusion is revealed. Discover how lives intersected at the fort in the summer of 1837, through the eyes of free and enslaved blacks; Ojibwe and Dakota people; and soldiers, officers and their families. “Tensions at the Fort” is offered daily during regular hours from June 17 to Aug. 31.
  • Learn more about the origins of the Ojibwe people with a new program at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Join an Ojibwe speaker for a 30-minute discussion called “We Are Anishinaabe – Our Migration Journey” and discover the origins of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota, and the stories, values and traditions that traveled with them. “We Are Anishinaabe – Our Migration Journey” is offered on the second and fourth Saturdays, June 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 9 and 23 at 1 and 2 p.m.

Admission and hours may vary. Please check www.mnhs.org for more information. And join the discussion by using #visitmnhistory.

The 2014 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 day trips, weekend getaways or extended vacations. It can be ordered by calling 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

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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.