Historic Walking Tours

Lace up your walking shoes to experience engaging storytelling and captivating sights on a historic walking tour in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

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Historic Adventures

Visit any or all of MNHS’s 26 historic sites and museums and see our state, or your hometown, in a whole new light. Amazing adventures await!

The Journey to Juneteenth

Learn about the origins of Juneteenth, how it has changed over time, and the ongoing stories of Black freedom celebrations.

Celebrate Pride Month

Learn about the diverse stories of LGBTQIA+ history in our state.

Welcome to the Minnesota Historical Society

History shapes, inspires, and informs the present. We strive to bring forward, share, and preserve the diverse histories that make up Minnesota’s complex past. Experience Minnesota history through our network of historic sites, museums, and exhibitions, our extensive collections and research, and our thought-provoking educational programming. Join us! Cultivate your curiosity and experience powerful engagements with history today.
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    Get out and explore MNHS historic sites and museums around Minnesota.
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    View all MNHS programs and events.
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    Search a wealth of records and images from MNHS collections.
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    Delve into essential research tools, materials, and services.
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    Learn about field trips, the Northern Lights textbook, primary sources, and more.
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    MNHS preserves and protects the objects, documents, and places that make Minnesota home.
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    Following my spirit home book.
    MNHS Press is a leading publisher of books on the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
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    Shop for books and gifts relating to the fascinating people, long history, and unique culture of Minnesota.


Collections, stories, and more

Collections online

Search for photographs, three-dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more.

Research your family history

Use our online resources and the Gale Family Library to research your past and understand the life we share today. Search our extensive database of birth and death certificates and the State Archives. 


Flooding in Carver County, 1965

In April 1965, the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers crested at record levels, flooding cities and towns across the Upper Midwest. The disaster was especially evident in Chaska and Carver, where the Minnesota River reached its highest-recorded local level on April 12.

MNHS Press

Record executive, producer, band manager, club DJ, booking advisor, record store manager—few people had as deep an impact on the Twin Cities alternative and indie rock scene as Peter Jesperson.

State Emblems Redesign Commission

Learn about the recently-adopted designs for a new state flag and state seal, which will go into effect on May 11, 2024. As outlined in state legislation, the Minnesota Historical Society provided administrative support to the State Emblems Redesign Commission.


MNHS Events

Keepers Tour

Split Rock Lighthouse

Experience Split Rock Lighthouse like the keepers and their families did.

Great Northern Forest History Tour

Forest History Center

Take a 90-minute, horse-drawn trolley tour narrated by interpreters.

Mississippi River Kayak Adventure: Tandem Kayak

Forest History Center

Take a guided kayak tour of the Mississippi River.

Mississippi River Kayak Adventure: Single Kayak

Forest History Center

Take a guided kayak tour of the Mississippi River.

Conquering the Cliff Tour

Split Rock Lighthouse

Learn about the challenges people faced during Split Rock Lighthouse's first 24 years of operation.

Guided Hike of the Forestville Ruins

Historic Forestville

Go beyond Main Street to explore more of Forestville's past.

Ramsey After Dark

Alexander Ramsey House

Explore the hidden secrets of Victorian society in this evening tour. Topics change monthly. Tours last 75 minutes and are…

Sunrise Tour: 1000 Years Ago Today in Minnesota

Jeffers Petroglyphs

Our 1000 Years Ago Today tour focuses on the indigenous agriculture that fueled a building boom and cultural explosion that…

"Going Out, Coming In" Walking Tour

Mill City Museum

Take a guided walking tour of LGBTQIA+ community spaces in Downtown Minneapolis.

26 locations
Unlimited history

MNHS historic sites and museums offer unique insights into Minnesota’s past and present.

Come explore the lives of lumberjacks, learn how Indigenous knowledge has shaped our history, step into the world of famous Minnesotans, or take in spectacular views!

Become a member

MNHS membership is the best way to create your very own historic adventure. Members get the best deal in history with free general admission and discounts on events, purchases, and more at our historic sites and museums for a full year.