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• 26 historic sites and museums
• Inspiring programs - pub crawls, lectures, concerts and family fun
• Enlightening topics - from farming to fashion, ancient rock carvings to historic battles
Alexander Ramsey House
Built for Minnesota's controversial first territorial governor, this residence — one of the nation's best-preserved Victorian-era homes — will immerse you in 1870s life and the spirit of the times through special events and holiday program. Over 14,000 original furnishings. Museum store.
265 S. Exchange St.
Saint Paul, MN
Birch Coulee Battlefield
Guideposts pinpoint the U.S. and Dakota positions at the site of one of one of the hardest-fought battles in the U.S.- Dakota War of 1862. Self-guided prairie trail. Markers with accounts of the battle by an Army captain and a Mdewakanton (Dakota) soldier.
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2
Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
A national historic landmark. Get a close-up look at the life of the celebrated aviator as you tour his boyhood home, view historic flight footage, browse museum exhibits and sit in a replica of Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis cockpit. Guided house tours and signature events. Exhibits on Lindbergh's aviation, inventions, environmental activism and political controversy. Riverside walking trail. Museum store.
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN
Learn the story of the pioneering Comstocks and their impact on history as you tour their 1882 family home, which showcases ornate Queen Anne Eastlake furniture and tapestries. Guided tours and seasonal events. Managed by the City of Moorhead.
506 Eighth St. S.
Tour the meticulously restored 1855 New England style home of W.H.C. Folsom - Maine transplant turned lumber baron and Minnesota state senator. American Empire and Louis XV Revival furniture. St. Croix River views. Historic Angel Hill District location. Managed by Taylors Falls Historical Society.
272 West Government Street
Taylors Falls, MN
Forest History Center
Meet lumberjacks, climb a 100-foot 1930s fire tower, board the floating cook shack and enjoy nature programs and events at this interactive logging camp. Blacksmith, cook, lumberjacks and draft horses. Exhibits on ecology and forestry. Timber harvester simulator. GeoTrack program. Walking/biking/XC ski trails. Museum store.
2609 County Road 76
Grand Rapids, MN
Interpretive ground markers and exhibits tell the tale of this 1853 military outpost, which saw combat during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Reconstructed foundations of 1853 fort Commissary building restored by the Veterans Conservation Corps. Managed by Nicollet County Historical Society.
72404 County Road 30
Step into an authentic general store, just as it was in 1871. Play a game of checkers by the stove and enjoy views of the Minnesota River from the front porch. Programs every Sunday, May-mid-Oct. Costumed guides. Museum store. Managed by Nicollet County Historical Society.
66250 County Road 21
New Ulm, MN
phone 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160
Cross the Landmark Carnegie Bridge and experience small town life of 1899 Forestville, where costumed guides portray residents and their daily activities. Family store, homestead and farm buildings. Museum store. Located within Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. State Park vehicle permit required.
21899 County Road 118
Historic Fort Snelling
A national historic landmark. History comes to life at this restored 1820s fort - once the farthest outpost of the U.S. in the homeland of the Dakota Indians. Interact with history performers, watch frontier skills demos, tour barracks, sutler store and hospital and hear the daily firing of the cannon. Programs and events on the Civil War, WW I and WW II, U.S. treaties and Dakota history. Dred and Harriet Scott's 1836-1840 living quarters. Museum store.
200 Tower Ave.
Saint Paul, MN
James J. Hill House
A national historic landmark. Explore upstairs and downstairs life in this grand, 36,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion built for James J. Hill, railroad titan and empire-builder. Guided tours, art exhibits and special events. Original stained glass, woodwork and chandeliers. Museum store.
340 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Find sacred American Indian rock carvings of buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds and humans in a native prairie setting. Estimated 5,000 carvings up to 7,000 years old. Tallgrass prairie including over 300 species of prairie plants. Nature programs. Guided tours. Museum store.
27160 County Road 2
Lac qui Parle Mission
Explore exhibits and artifacts illuminating the history of this reconstructed 1835 mission, where the first Dakota dictionary, grammar and gospel were completed. Chapel built in 1940s by Works Progress Administration. Managed by Chippewa County Historical Society.
115 140th Ave NW
Lower Sioux Agency
Learn about the causes of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 through special programs and exhibits, in the place where the war's first attack took place. Exhibit on Dakota culture. Minnesota River trails. Museum store. Managed by Lower Sioux Indian Community.
32469 Redwood County Hwy. 2
Interpretive signs guide you through the story of Minnesota's first commercial sawmill, built in 1839. Scenic walking trail above sawmill foundation ruins and views of Mill Stream and falls. Managed by the City of Marine on St. Croix.
Marine on St. Croix, MN
Mill City Museum
A national historic landmark. Built within the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill, this fun, interactive museum invites the whole family to ride the Flour Tower elevator, experience hands-on fun in the Water and Baking Labs and enjoy rooftop views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, and lock and dam. Award-winning short film, "Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat!". Special events. Museum store and cafe.
704 South 2nd St.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
A national historic landmark. Explore Ojibwe culture and history through videos, exhibits, demos and activities at this interactive museum, and shop for locally made American Indian arts and crafts in the adjacent 1930s trading post. Traditional Ojibwe garden. Tour of Four Seasons room, with life-size dioramas. Museum store.
43411 Oodena Dr.
Visit "The Princess," an authentic 1875 gingerbread-style train depot built along the first Minneapolis-to-Chicago rail line — located within walking distance of the famed Minnehaha Falls. Managed by Minnesota Transportation Museum.
Minnesota History Center
An interactive museum stimulates your curiosity about Minnesota stories, people and history through permanent and changing exhibits, programs and events. Concerts, lectures and other events. History learning stations and history performers. Visit the Gale Family Library for free public access to important records and state archives. Museum stores and cafe.
345 Kellogg Blvd West
Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota State Capitol
Tour an architectural masterpiece by influential architect Cass Gilbert, featuring the second-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world. State Senate, House and Supreme Court Chambers. Civil War and Spanish-American War flags. Decorative and fine arts throughout building. Monuments on Capitol Mall. Guided tours. Cafe.
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN
North West Company Fur Post
Meet a voyageur and other costumed interpreters, visit an Ojibwe encampment and try out wood carving and other traditional skills. This museum and reconstructed 1804-era trading post focuses on the intersection of voyageur and Ojibwe culture, including exhibits on the fur trade, demonstrations and guided tours. Snake River heritage trails. Museum store.
12551 Voyageur Lane
Pine City, MN
Oliver Kelley Farm
This revitalized 1860s working farm is the perfect family destination, with more to see, do, and touch than ever. With a new visitor center, learning kitchen, and more, this beloved farm now tells the whole story of agriculture in Minnesota, past and present. Meet heritage and modern farm animals, interact with costumed farmhands, learn where food comes from, and join in a season of activities that follow the farming cycle.
15788 Kelley Farm Rd.
Elk River, MN
Sibley Historic Site
Explore the many faces of the state's first governor, Henry Sibley, a fur trader who lived at this site. Through events and seasonal guided tours, you can explore four of Minnesota's oldest surviving buildings and learn about Mendota's past. Museum shop.
1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy.
Split Rock Lighthouse
A national historic landmark. One of Minnesota's best-known landmarks, this north shore icon was built after a rash of 1905 shipwrecks. Enjoy spectacular Lake Superior views and photo opportunities, plus guided tours of the restored lighthouse and keeper's home. Film and exhibits, including an exhibit on Lake Superior shipwrecks. Costumed guides. Museum store and sandwich kiosk.
3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd.
Two Harbors, MN
Traverse des Sioux
At this centuries-old Minnesota River crossing - the site of the 1851 U.S.-Dakota land treaty - you can walk trails and view exhibits on the treaty, Dakota culture and the fur trade. Adjacent to the Treaty Site History Center. Managed by Nicollet County Historical Society.
1851 North Minnesota Avenue
St. Peter, MN
W.W. Mayo House
Tour the handbuilt 1859 home and furnishings of the first Dr. Mayo of Mayo Clinic fame and his medical practice - a home later owned by a founder of Minnesota Valley Canning (Green Giant). Managed by Nicollet County Historical Society.
118 N. Main St.
Le Sueur, MN