Featured exhibits

Sinclair Lewis exhibit.

Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street

On the centennial of Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street, discover the legacy of this brilliant author from Minnesota, whose literary works and social critiques of American life ring true today.

Extraordinary Women

Walk among extraordinary Minnesota women who changed their communities. Learn how featured objects reflect pivotal moments in their lives. Leave ready to make history of your own.

Title image for Our Home exhibit.

Our Home: Native Minnesota

View historic and contemporary photographs, maps, and artifacts and learn how Minnesota's Native communities have retained cultural practices, teachings and values, and an essential connection to home.


Also on view

Minnesota's Greatest Generation.

Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Board a C-47 and join a combat flight on D-Day, get behind the counter of a 1930s soda fountain, view classic film clips in a vaudeville theater, pack WWII ammunition shells, and step into the stories of an inspiring generation.

Then Now Wow

Blast for iron ore, crawl into a tipi, plow a field, visit a sod home, board a street car, trade at the fur post, sing in a box car, discover all the parts of a buffalo, and so much more in this action-packed exhibit. Fun for kids of all ages!

Girl exploring the Weather Permitting exhibit.

Weather Permitting

Ride out the 1965 Fridley tornado in a basement, learn about the Minneapolis Weatherball, play with the power of wind, and discover how Minnesotans have coped with the weather’s highs and lows.

A girl exploring the Grainland exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.


(This exhibit is temporarily closed)

Kids love to climb and slide through the chutes of this model grain elevator as they learn about the journey of soy and corn from farm field to town.