Historic holidays with MNHS

Celebrate the season with memorable outings and experiences at historic sites and museums, meaningful books from the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and unique gifts.

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.

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.

Now on view!

Reframing Our Stories

Witness the resilience and strength of Minnesota's Native communities through stories reframed by their own words, experiences, and perspectives.

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

State Emblems Redesign Commission

As outlined in state statute, MNHS is providing administrative support for the State Emblems Redesign Commission, created to develop and adopt a new design for the official state seal and a new design for the official state flag.

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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    Get out and explore MNHS historic sites and museums around Minnesota.
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    View all MNHS programs and events.
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    Search a wealth of records and images from MNHS collections.
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    Delve into essential research tools, materials, and services.
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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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    Following my spirit home book.
    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

Double Discount Days, Dec 8–10

Show your current membership card to get 20% off regularly priced one-of-a-kind Minnesota-inspired gifts at participating MNHS museum stores and online. Not a member? Join now.


The footprint of the Dakota people, past and present, is evident throughout Minnesota. Mni Sota Makoce, the land of cloudy waters, has been the homeland of the Dakota for hundreds of years.

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.

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. 

MNHS events

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Mill City Museum Lovely Sewing's Minnesota Silhouette Pillow Class

December 9, 2023, 9am - 12pm

Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Hill House with snow

December 9, 2023, 10am - 3:30pm

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Santa at the Lighthouse

December 9, 2023, 10am - 4pm

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors

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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.