Historic Adventures

Visit any or all of MNHS’s 26 historic sites and museums and see our state, or your hometown, in a whole new light. Amazing adventures await!

Now on view!

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

Explore the African American fight for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.

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

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.

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.

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Collections, stories, and more

Collections online

Search for photographs, three-dimensional and archaeological objects, artwork, oral histories, moving images, maps, and more.

Research your family history

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. 

MNopedia

Charles A. Lindbergh (1902–1974)

Charles A. Lindbergh, a native of Little Falls, became a world-famous aviator after completing the first nonstop, solo transatlantic flight in May 1927. Although his flying feats made him an American cultural hero in the 1920s, his links to Nazism, support for eugenics, and publicly unacknowledged children in Germany tarnished his legacy in the decades that followed.

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.

State Emblems Redesign Commission

Learn about the recently-adopted designs for a new state flag and state seal, which will go into effect on May 11, 2024. As outlined in state legislation, the Minnesota Historical Society provided administrative support to the State Emblems Redesign Commission.

Upcoming

MNHS Events

Ramsey After Dark

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Alexander Ramsey House

Explore the hidden secrets of Victorian society in this evening tour. Topics change monthly. Tours last 75 minutes and are…

Summer Program Preview at Historic Fort Snelling

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Historic Fort Snelling

Preview our summer program on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Wagon rides will start at 11 am, 11:35 am, 12:10 pm, 1:15 pm, 1:50 pm, 2:25 pm, and 3 pm

Historic Forestville

Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and a self-guided tour at Historic Forestville!

Kid Crafts

Kid Craft: Shoulder Bag

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Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Learn how to decorate an Ojibwe-style shoulder bag.

Author Event: "Last Entry Point" with Joe Friedrichs

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Split Rock Lighthouse

Get ready for summer backcountry adventures with journalist and podcaster Joe Friedrichs.

Memorial Day: "Decoration Day" in Minnesota during WWII

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Historic Fort Snelling

Come out to spend Memorial Day at Historic Fort Snelling and experience how Minnesota celebrated “Decoration Day” in the 1940s…

Memorial Day Powwow

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Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Join us for a traditional powwow to honor our veterans.

Minnesota History Center Free Thursday Nights in May Sponsored by Donaldson Company

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Minnesota History Center

Enjoy free admission and free parking at the Minnesota History Center every Thursday night in May from 4:00-8:00pm, courtesy…

Spirits Dancing: A Night Sky Immersive Experience

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Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

Become inspired to build a relationship with the night sky.

26 locations
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.