Black History, Black Voices.


Covid-19 Update

Now open!

We're pleased to announce that the Minnesota History Center Museum is now open to visitors. Details.


Split Rock Lighthouse at night.

Help history emerge strong

Your generosity will sustain us through a difficult period and be applied toward our greatest need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collections Item of the Day

This Eleanor Brenner designed coat was worn by Joan Mondale at the presidential inauguration of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale on January 20, 1977. This photograph shows Joan Mondale wearing this coat while Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill administers the vice presidential oath of office to Walter Mondale.

History at Home

History at home.

Explore online resources

Until we can welcome you back to our sites and museums, we invite you to continue to learn about history with us online.

Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
Then Now Wow exhibit now on view.
Minnesota's greatest generation exhibit now on view.
Weather permitting exhibit now on view.
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Featured Event

Black history black voices.

Thu., Jan 21, 2021, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Staying in the Fight

In this program, Sondra Samuels and other influential Black leaders discuss their groundbreaking work: delivering innovative solutions all the while challenging activists and allies alike to get in and stay in the fight for racial equity.


History Matters Face Masks.

History Matters

Show your support for history with our exclusive History Matters gear!

History is Now

History is now.

History is Now

We are living in a historic moment. Together, Minnesotans and MNHS are capturing and sharing history in real time. Join us in creating conversations that lead to real connection, deeper reflection, new questions, and purposeful action.

History Matters

Minnesota state capitol.

Thank you, Minnesota

We are grateful for your support of history. Please take a moment to express your appreciation to our state’s elected leaders for continued support from the State of Minnesota. 


Storied & more videos

Discover the stories we share. Uncover the real people behind the dates with the Storied series, then go on to explore the rest of our educational, entertaining video content.

MNHS Press

Pints North book.

Pints North

Crack open a cold one and venture into the fun and exciting world of Minnesota craft beers, taprooms, and brewmasters with this inside look at beer making and beer culture. Learn more about Pints North and other great holiday gift books from MNHS Press.

Online Exhibit

Votes for Women online exhibit.

Votes for Women

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, find your inspiration in these stories of Minnesota women. Learn how the landmark 19th Amendment was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day.

Gale Family Library

A baby is adopted by a family.

Researching your family history

Research your family's history online with our digital resources.


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Distance learning resources

Online and low-tech educational resources to support Minnesota's teachers and students.