Now on view!

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Explore the African American fight for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.

This exhibit is now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

Now on view!

The Life & Art of Charles M. Schulz

Explore Charles Schulz’s personal history and his role as the inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its beloved cast of characters. Exhibit now on view at the Minnesota History Center.

History Forum

Since 2004, the History Forum has explored the richness, expansiveness, and complexity of American history with some of the nation’s best scholars. That tradition continues with six new lectures highlighting the diversity and excellence of today’s historical scholarship.

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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    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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    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

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. 


First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment holds a special place in the history of Minnesota. It was the first body of troops raised by the state for Civil War service, and it was among the first regiments of any state offered for national service.

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

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…

NAAIR In The Gallery: "Gifts of the Nettle" with Fern Renville

Minnesota History Center

Join us at the Minnesota History Center for a three-part “Artists In The Gallery” series.

Workers' History Tour

Mill City Museum

Discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the nineteenth century to today.

Nooks and Crannies Tour

James J. Hill House

Get a behind-the-scenes look at areas of the James J. Hill House that are not featured on the standard house tour.

Photography & Art at the Rock

Featuring Doug Cottrell

Split Rock Lighthouse

Photography & Art at the Rock is a monthly exhibit in the lobby of the Split Rock Lighthouse Visitor Center showcases…

Peregrines of the North Shore

Split Rock Lighthouse

Join peregrine falcon researcher, Jackie Fallon, and her live birds for an up-close look at a peregrine falcon and other…

"The Green Book: Guide to Freedom" Film & Discussion

Minnesota History Center

Learn about the history and legacy of Victor H. Green’s travel guide for African Americans, The Negro Motorist Green Book. …

Baking Memories: National Blueberry Pie Day

Mill City Museum

Join Mill City Museum staff in the baking lab to celebrate National Blueberry Pie Day

Washburn A Mill Tour

Mill City Museum

Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill

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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.