Black History, Black Voices.


Covid-19 Update

Now open!

We're pleased to announce that the Minnesota History Center Museum is now open to visitors. Details.


Split Rock Lighthouse at night.

Help history emerge strong

Your generosity will sustain us through a difficult period and be applied toward our greatest need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collections Item of the Day

This winter scene by Bob Brown is called "Water and Rail." At the lower right it shows a boat pulling up to a snowy shore; at the lower left are small shacks along the shore. A moving train runs horizontally through the center of the picture past taller buildings. It was painted in 1937 as part of the WPA Art Project.

History at Home

History at home.

Explore online resources

Until we can welcome you back to our sites and museums, we invite you to continue to learn about history with us online.

Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
Then Now Wow exhibit now on view.
Minnesota's greatest generation exhibit now on view.
Weather permitting exhibit now on view.
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Featured Event

A Conversation with Jennie Kappenman.

Thu., Jan 28, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Conversation with Jennie Kappenman

Join beadwork and textile artist Jennie Kappenman (Red Lake Ojibwe) and collections outreach specialist Rita Walaszek Arndt (White Earth Ojibwe) for a conversation about contemporary and historic Ojibwe designs.

History is Now

History is now.

History is Now

We are living in a historic moment. Together, Minnesotans and MNHS are capturing and sharing history in real time. Join us in creating conversations that lead to real connection, deeper reflection, new questions, and purposeful action.


History Matters Face Masks.

History Matters

Show your support for history with our exclusive History Matters gear!

History Matters

Minnesota state capitol.

Thank you, Minnesota

We are grateful for your support of history. Please take a moment to express your appreciation to our state’s elected leaders for continued support from the State of Minnesota. 


Storied & more videos

Discover the stories we share. Uncover the real people behind the dates with the Storied series, then go on to explore the rest of our educational, entertaining video content.

MNHS Press

Pints North book.

Pints North

Crack open a cold one and venture into the fun and exciting world of Minnesota craft beers, taprooms, and brewmasters with this inside look at beer making and beer culture. Learn more about Pints North and other great holiday gift books from MNHS Press.

Online Exhibit

Votes for Women online exhibit.

Votes for Women

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, find your inspiration in these stories of Minnesota women. Learn how the landmark 19th Amendment was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day.

Gale Family Library

A baby is adopted by a family.

Researching your family history

Research your family's history online with our digital resources.


Girl working at a computer.

Distance learning resources

Online and low-tech educational resources to support Minnesota's teachers and students.