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Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Admission: $12.00
$12 adults; $10 seniors/students/active military; $6 ages 5-17; See FREE options below
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Wed. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun. 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Located in Saint Paul, the Minnesota History Center contains permanent and rotating exhibits focusing on Minnesota history. Many of the exhibits are geared toward the youngest of visitors. This is a good starting point when beginning to explore all the historical offerings in our state. If you find your family gravitating toward a particular subject, The Minnesota Historical Society may have options for digging deeper at other sites or in the Gale Library.

What's FREE at the Minnesota History Center?

Children ages 4 and under and Minnesota History Society members are always FREE. Museum admission is FREE for everyone from 3:00–8:00 pm every Tuesday.

In 2018, the FREE Irvine Gallery opened. This rotating exhibit explores community stories and issues affecting Minnesotans today. The 678-square foot space on the museum’s first floor will showcase MNHS-developed exhibits as well as exhibits created by outside organizations. Entrance to the Irvine Gallery is free, and the gallery will be open during regular History Center hours.

The Gale Family Library is dedicated to the history of Minnesota, and Minnesota family lineage. If you are interested in learning about your family or doing a research project, this library is a great resource. There is no fee to use the library. Keep in mind that the library is non-circulating, so you can't check the information out and return it.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits at Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center's exhibits include on-going exhibits and featured exhibits. Exhibits are designed for the whole family to enjoy with many hands-on activities: a soda fountain, ammunition assembly line, airplane staircase, wind machine and weather vanes, a house to explore and touch--and loads of information for adults to digest. Read about our top picks for kids at the Minnesota History Center.

We've chosen a few ideas for books to go with your visits below. Links are to Amazon through our affiliate program and Family Fun Twin Cities receives a small commission on sales through our site.

Then Now Wow

Ongoing exhibit features a streetcar that travels through time and space in the Twin Cities as you watch out the windows; an underground Iron Range mine where visitors can drill the ore, a modern tipi where visitors can learn about Dakota history and culture through poetry; an 1870s pioneer sod house; a Soo Line boxcar that features music of Charlie Parr and the history of Southwestern Minnesota; a fur trade exhibit; the emergency exit door of the school bus involved in the I-35W bridge collapse and other artifacts an damages from Minnesota history.


Weather Permitting

Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Our Home: Native Minnesota


Opens Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. She Voted: Her Fight, Our Right

Opens Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Main Street (Title is not confirmed)

Maybe the bigger kids could read the original.

*some images are courtesy the Minnesota Historical Society, used with permission

This article originally published by Joy Peters - February 11, 2014

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