Discover What’s New at 26 History Destinations This Summer

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Release dated: 
May 5, 2017
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Discover What’s New at 26 History Destinations This Summer

MNHS historic sites around the state tell unique Minnesota stories from the Anishinaabe to Zebulon Pike

Start planning for summer vacation and weekend fun now with MNHS! From terrific family outings to tours of our state’s diverse history, MNHS’ 26 historic sites offer tons of only-in-Minnesota experiences all summer long.

Some of the newest offerings in summer 2017 include:

  • A revitalized Oliver Kelley Farm. With a new visitor center, expanded programming and more, the historic farm now tells the tale of Minnesota agriculture from the 1860s through today. Save the date for the site’s Grand Opening Celebration with live music, chef demos and plenty of outdoor fun May 6 & 7. Plus, snag a limited edition Oliver Kelley Farm bandanna at
  • Revamped programming at Historic Fort Snelling. Experience the wide range of histories that converge at the site every day—including those of American Indians, enslaved people and soldiers—and discover why this place matters today. Two new exhibits, one on Native Americans in the military and one on Japanese-American incarceration during WWII, open Memorial Day weekend. Plus, Metro Transit offers visitors free rides to the fort on Memorial Day.
  • A slate of new summer tours in the Twin Cities. Whether you’re interested in exploring the historic Mississippi riverfront or taking a dive into the cities’ most diverse neighborhoods, MNHS has a wide range of tours with something for everyone. Visit for more information on all tour offerings.
  • New regular summer hours at Alexander Ramsey House. The home of Minnesota’s first territorial governor will now be open for new guided tours.  Get a glimpse of Victorian life in Minnesota every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. between May 27 and September 2.

Find a complete list of new summer events and programs at MNHS here.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.        

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.