Woman holding lots of gifts.
A child and grandfather building a gingerbread house.
A young girl dressed up as a chef, playing with a toy stove.


Featured Events

A woman wearing historic clothing cooks apples on a stove.

A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour

Nov 23 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Elk River

Experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago.

Tue., Nov 19
Sat., Nov 23
Thanksgiving: Myth, Memory, and Food
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Nov 24
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Fri., Nov 29
Thanksgiving Break: Brickmania First Ave
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Nov 30
Thanksgiving Break: Brickmania First Ave
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get the best deal in history, including FREE regular admission all year long.

Featured Exhibits

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
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Winter gift guide.

Winter gift guide

Find the perfect gift for every history lover on your list.

New from MNHS Press

My Mighty Journey book cover.

My Mighty Journey

The story of the past twelve thousand years of Minnesota told from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, with stunning artwork by Gaylord Schanilec.


Featured MNopedia Article

Demonstration, led by 15 Now Minnesota, for higher pay and better working conditions.

Labor and labor organizing in Minnesota

Since statehood, Minnesota workers have joined together to improve and protect their livelihoods, rights, and voices in the workplace. Labor organizations, especially unions, have stood up for members’ interests with employers.

History Matters

Young people at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Save the date

Save the date for History Matters Day at the Capitol, Thursday, March 5.

Collections Item of the Day

It's the time of year to focus on food, as so we shall this week! Here we have a Poppin' Fresh Pie Server, made and marketed by the Pillsbury Company of Minneapolis, circa 1992.


 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

Tollefson family.

It’s National Family History Month

Dig into research with our family history guides.


Three teenagers and a guide at Ramsey House.

Free field trips

Transport students to hands-on history destinations. Financial assistance provides free or low-cost field trips for Minnesota schools.