Featured exhibits

We’re updating the lighting in the museum to be more safe and efficient! Please note when the following exhibits will be closed:

  • Then Now Wow – Closed June 13–July 5 
  • Minnesota's Greatest Generation and Weather Permitting – Closed July 5–29
  • Our Home: Native Minnesota – Closed August 1–28


Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II

Embracing themes that are as relevant today as they were 75 years ago, Righting a Wrong looks at immigration, prejudice, civil rights, heroism, and what it means to be an American.

Art Speaks.

Art Speaks

The collections of the Minnesota Historical Society include more than 7,000 works of art—and counting. Art Speaks reveals the stories of paintings, sculptures, photos, and more collected over the past 15 years. What do these works say about their makers, about us, and about Minnesota?

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.


Open weekends

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.