Museum

Featured exhibits

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.

First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

Your all-access pass to the stars, the shows, and the stories of a legendary club that put Minnesota music on the map.

Prince before the rain exhibit.

Prince: Before the Rain

View captivating images of Prince taken by Allen Beaulieu from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, charting the musician's progression from rising star to superstar.

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

(This exhibit is closed until January 7, 2021)

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.

Grainland

(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.