Museums & Historic Sites

A few years ago, The Washington Post claimed that there are more museums in the U.S. than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined. We believe this may be true for the Twin Cities. There are so many tiny specialty museums & historic sites, that every time we think we know of all of them, we find more. For a quick overview of these places and their best deals, check out the lists below.

If you want more information, click on the museum’s name to go to a more-detailed entry. Check back regularly for new ideas because we will keep adding ideas as we find them.


  1. American Swedish Institute | Minneapolis | Deals: Kids at the Castle $8/family or check your library for a smART Pass.
  2. Anoka County Historical Society | Anoka| Deals: Admission is always $3/adult & $2/children.
  3. Bakken Museum | Minneapolis | Deals: Look for possible discounts from Goldstar.
  4. Bell Museum of Natural History | Minneapolis | Deals: The Bell offers a very generous income based programs. Read more HERE.
  5. Federal Reserve Bank | Minneapolis | Deals: Free Tours (age 12+) by Reservation.
  6. Firefighters Hall & Museum | Minneapolis | Deals: Check your library for a smART Pass.
  7. Gallery of Wood Art | Landmark Center, St Paul | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  8. Edina History Museum | Arneson Acres Park, Edina | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  9. Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia | Deals: FREE days – Immigrant for a Day (May) and Midsommar (June)
  10. Germanic American Institute | St Paul |Does not have public hours. Deals: FREE Deutsche Tag weekend events in June.
  11. Goldstein Museum of Design | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  12. Hennepin History Museum | Minneapolis | Deals: FREE on first Thursdays or check your library for a smART Pass.
  13. Landmark Center | St Paul | Deals: Houses three FREE museums and hosts Sunday cultural events (usually free).
  14. *Mill City Museum | Minneapolis | Deals: Participates in Museums On Us program.
  15. Minneapolis Institute of Art | Minneapolis | Deals: ALWAYS FREE, but for special exhibits, check your library for a smART Pass. Also, take advantage of their FREE Membership because you will get mailings with special members-only free dates to special exhibits.
  16. Minnesota Museum of American Art | St Paul | Deals: ALWAYS FREE.
  17. Minnesota Air National Guard Museum | St Paul | Call to arrange a private tour
  18. Minnesota Children’s Museum | St Paul | Deals: FREE on third Sundays or check your library for a smART Pass.
  19. *Minnesota History Center | St Paul | Deals: Admission is FREE from 3-8 pm on Tuesdays. The Irvine Gallery and Gale Library are always FREE to visit. Participates in Museums On Us program.
  20. Minnesota Streetcar Museum – Como-Harriet Line | Minneapolis | Deals: Rides are an affordable $2.00
  21. Minnesota Streetcar MuseumExcelsior Line | Excelsior | Deals: Rides are an affordable $2.00
  22. Minnesota Transportation Museum – Jackson Street Roundhouse | St Paul | Deals: Affordable Family Rates. 
  23. Museum of Russian Art | Minneapolis | Deals: Watch for Family Days, when admission is $8/family and opening receptions for exhibits are often FREE.
  24. Pavek Museum of Broadcasting | St Louis Park
  25. Schubert Club Museum | St Paul | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  26. Science Museum of Minnesota | St Paul 
  27. Somali Museum of Minnesota | Minneapolis 
  28. Stans Museum – Scott County Historical Society | Shakopee  Deals: Monthly Kids Kraft events are FREE.
  29. Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St Paul |
  30. Walker Art Center & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden | Minneapolis | Deals: FREE Thursday evenings and FREE first Saturdays. Garden always FREE.
  31. Weisman Art Museum | Minneapolis | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  32. The Works Museum | Bloomington | Deals: PreK Mondays. 
*Minnesota Historical Society Deals: A $79 Household Membership to MHS will get your whole family into sites with a “*” for FREE for the whole year (plus more sites across the state). Or pick up the FREE 6th Grade MN History Pass to get your 6th Grader in for free. For more Membership Ideas: Membership; The No-Clutter Gift of Together Time


  1. *Alexander Ramsey House | St Paul
  2. Ard Godfrey House | Minneapolis  | Deals: FREE during summer open house events.
  3. Bruentrup Heritage Farm | Maplewood
  4. Charles H. Burwell House | Minnetonka
  5. Dakota City Heritage Village | Farmington
  6. Eidem Homestead | Brooklyn Park
  7. Fillebrown House | White Bear Lake
  8. Gale Woods Farm  | Minnestra
  9. Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights
  10. Gideon Pond House | Pond-Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington  | Deals: FREE open houses on Sundays.
  11. Grimm Farm Historic Site | Carver Park Reserve, Victoria |  Deals: FREE during summer open house events.
  12. Hay Lake School Museum & Erickson Log Home | Scandia
  13. Holz Farm Park | Eagan
  14. *Historic Fort Snelling | St Paul | Deals: Participates in Museums On Us program; FREE: military veterans, plus up to 5 accompanying family members.
  15. *James J. Hill House | St Paul | Deals: Participates in Museums On Us program.
  16. Julian H. Sleeper House Museum | St Paul | This is a private residence, so all tours are $7 and by appointment only.
  17. LeDuc Historic Estate | Hastings
  18. Minnehaha Regional Park Historic Sites | Minneapolis |  Deals: *Minnehaha (Princess) Depot, Longfellow House & Garden, and John H. Stevens House – all FREE during summer open house events.
  19. *Minnesota State Capitol | St Paul | Deals: Always FREE to visit. Tours request a free-will offering.
  20. New Brighton History Center | New Brighton |  Deals: FREE during summer open house events
  21. *Oliver H. Kelley Farm | Elk River
  22. Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway | Oceola WI
  23. Pierre Bottineau House | Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove  | Deals: FREE during summer open house events.
  24. *Sibley Historic Site | Mendota
  25. The Landing | Shakopee
  26. Theodore Wirth House | Lyndale Farmstead, Minneapolis | FREE during specified open house tours (these are somewhat rare).
  27. Warden’s House Museum | Stillwater
  28. Washington County Historic Courthouse | Stillwater | Deals: ALWAYS FREE
  29. Wayzata Depo & Musem | Wayzata | Deals: ALWAYS FREE


  1. Harkin Store | New Ulm |
  2. Hinckley Fire Museum | Hinckley | 

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