Historic Adventures MNHS.


Featured Events

Apples on a tree.

The Best of Minnesota Apples

Sep 21 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Elk River

Cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, appetizer to dessert, and take home printed recipes.

Wed., Sep 18
History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Thu., Sep 19
History on the Go Bus Tour
Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Sat., Sep 21
"Prince: Before the Rain" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sun., Sep 22
Disasters of the Riverfront Walking Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Sep 28
Water Lab Family Day
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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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

Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, Opens September 21.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
Jingle dress exhibit.
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Historic Fort Snelling

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Share your thoughts

Join a statewide conversation about the name of this important historic place. Take the online survey or attend a public meeting.


Split Rock Lighthouse Puzzle.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore souvenirs from one of Minnesota's best known landmarks.

New from MNHS Press

The Forever Sky book cover.

The Forever Sky

Brothers look to the stars and spin stories. The best one involves their grandmother and her place in the forever sky.


Featured MNopedia Article

Exterior view of the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater was one of the first major resident theaters to be established in the United States, founded by Tyrone Guthrie, Oliver Rea, and Peter Zeisler. The Guthrie has played a major role in developing the Twin Cities' theater scene.

Collections Item of the Day

This photo from the Minneapolis Star and Tribune shows a girl with an August 1937 calendar, pointing to Friday the 13th. She does not seem to be happy about it. Hope your day today is a good one! This image forms part of Minneapolis and St. Paul Newspaper Negative Collection, available in the Gale Family Library here at MNHS.


 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

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Welcome Back to School!

Learn how to find yearbooks, school newspapers, and more in our guide to historic school records research.


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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.