Family in front of Split Rock Lighthouse.

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Historic Adventures

Visit any or all of MNHS’s 26 historic locations and see our state, or your hometown, in a whole new light.

Going Out, Coming In Exhibit.

Now on view!

Going Out, Coming In

This Mill City Museum photo exhibit brings to life the sights, heart, and energy of downtown Minneapolis’s LGBTQIA+ community spaces in their first decades.

Walking tour.


History tours

Discover the history that makes Minnesota unique with tours from MNHS.

Split Rock Lighthouse replica lens.

Now on view!

New exhibit at Split Rock Lighthouse

Explore never-before-seen artifacts and a full-scale replica of the third-order Fresnel lens that sits atop the lighthouse.

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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    The Big Leaf Leap book cover.
    MNHS Press is a leading publisher of books on the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
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    Hotdish hot pads.
    Shop for books and gifts relating to the fascinating people, long history, and unique culture of Minnesota.


Collections, stories, and more


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. 

Rochester Pride.


There have always been people in Minnesota, as in the rest of the world, who have lived outside perceived norms of gender and sexuality; the words used to name them have just changed over time.

Star Party Book Cover.

MNHS Press

From a little cabin on the edge of the wilderness, Grandma and Grandpa invite Nora to her first Star Party. This mysterious celebration happens after dark. Nora wonders: Can I wear pajamas? Will there be snacks?



Connect your students with history on a field trip to a MNHS historic site or museum. Scholarships and subsidies are available to offset transportation and admission costs.

MNHS events

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Bike rodeo.

Saturday, June 3, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

Summit Avenue walking tour.

Saturday, June 3, 2023
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Two people kayaking.

Saturday, June 10, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Forest History Center, Grand Rapids

Illustration of Minnesota with landmarks.

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.