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Featured Events

Water lab at Mill City Museum.

Water Lab Family Day

Sep 28 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Minneapolis

Celebrate the Water Lab's new hands-on activities with a variety of water-related programs during this family day.

Sat., Sep 28
Water Lab Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Sep 28
Minneapolis Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Sep 29
Railroad History Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Featured Exhibits

Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
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Historic Fort Snelling

Images from fort snelling.

Share your thoughts

Join a statewide conversation about the name of this important historic place. Take the online survey or attend a public meeting.


Split Rock Lighthouse Puzzle.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore souvenirs from one of Minnesota's best known landmarks.

New from MNHS Press

The Forever Sky book cover.

The Forever Sky

Brothers look to the stars and spin stories. The best one involves their grandmother and her place in the forever sky.


Featured MNopedia Article

White people making up a lynch mob pose for a photograph after murdering three African American men in Duluth on June 15, 1920

Duluth Lynchings

Lynching is widely believed to be something that only happened in the South. But on June 15, 1920, three African Americans, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, were lynched in Duluth, Minnesota.

Collections Item of the Day

At the heart of all his activities, Ober loved canoe camping. He enjoyed traveling the Boundary Waters, setting up camp, cooking over the campfire, and sleeping under the canvas. Ober kept journals of all his canoe trips and the people he traveled with. He always brought his camera along, and his violin. Ober played violin into the night, singing to the wilderness, or sometimes just a short tune to remember by. The Ernest C. Oberholtzer exhibit in the library lobby highlights items Ober brought with him on his canoe trips, including his violin, on loan from The Oberholtzer Foundation. To see these and other items, visit the Gale Family Reference Library Lobby display now on view!


 Queer Voices

Storied: Queer Voices

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we asked some of the editors and contributors to the new MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" about what the LGBTQIA movement means to them. 

Gale Family Library

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Welcome Back to School!

Learn how to find yearbooks, school newspapers, and more in our guide to historic school records research.


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Primary Source Packet Series

Engage students in complex history topics and develop their critical-thinking skills with our primary source packets. For grades 5-12.