Mill City Museum.


Featured Events

First Avenue Opening Party.

"First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom" Exhibit Opening

May 4 10:00 am - 4:00 pm | St. Paul

Song, swag, and book signings—it's all access and all ages for opening day of First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom. Soak up the sights and sounds of the legendary First Avenue throughout the day.

Sat., Apr 27
Sat., Apr 27
StreetSong MN Choir Performance
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sun., Apr 28
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Apr 30
Journeys: Telling Our Stories
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Thu., May 2

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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.
Somalis+Minnesota Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
Open House exhibit, now on view, Minnesota History Center.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
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Story Stitch guided card activity.

Green Card Voices

Green Card Voices explores stories of the diverse immigrant population that has shaped the Twin Cities.

New from MNHS Press

Her Honor book cover.

Her Honor

The remarkable story of the first woman to be named to the Minnesota Supreme Court.


Featured MNopedia Article

A view of the House floor at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Politics in Minnesota

People in Minnesota have engaged in lively politics noted for a high level of citizen participation since the founding of the state in 1858 and long before.

History Matters

History Matters

Ask Governor Walz and your state legislators to support strong operating funding for MNHS this legislative session.

Collections Item of the Day

This cast iron and wood school desk and bench were used in the Watonwan school district, circa 1889-1919.


 Prince Before the Rain

Prince: Before the Rain

Minnesota photographer Allen Beaulieu captured Prince's progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. 

Gale Family Library

Split Rock lighthouse.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore the history of Split Rock Lighthouse through Gale Family Library resources.


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Primary Source Packet Series

Engage students in complex history topics and develop their critical-thinking skills with our primary source packets. For grades 5-12.