A young girl dressed up as a chef, playing with a toy stove.
Woman holding lots of gifts.
A child and grandfather building a gingerbread house.


Featured Events

Gingerbread house.

Gingerbread Farm

Dec 7 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Elk River

Spend time with family and friends while building a gingerbread farm in this two-hour workshop.

Fri., Dec 6
"Christmas in Minnesota" Author Signing
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Dec 7
"Our Home: Native Minnesota" Exhibit Opening
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Dec 7
"Bowwow Powwow" Author Signing
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Dec 7
Sat., Dec 7
Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

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Become a member of the Minnesota Historical Society and get the best deal in history, including FREE regular admission all year long.

Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit opens December 7.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
Then Now Wow, Now on View, Minnesota History Center.
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Holiday catalog.

Shop the holiday catalog

Find the perfect gift for every history lover on your list.

New from MNHS Press

My Mighty Journey book cover.

My Mighty Journey

The story of the past twelve thousand years of Minnesota told from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, with stunning artwork by Gaylord Schanilec.


Featured MNopedia Article

Demonstration, led by 15 Now Minnesota, for higher pay and better working conditions.

Labor and labor organizing in Minnesota

Since statehood, Minnesota workers have joined together to improve and protect their livelihoods, rights, and voices in the workplace. Labor organizations, especially unions, have stood up for members’ interests with employers.

History Matters

Young people at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Save the date

Save the date for History Matters Day at the Capitol, Thursday, March 5.

Collections Item of the Day

These are seventy-seven (77) white cardstock spelling cards inscribed with words and phrases in the Dakota language. The cards are from the Santee Agency in Minnesota and were used as flash cards for educational purposes in the 1960s. Come see them and much more in the new Our Home exhibit, opening tomorrow at the History Center!


 Queer Voices

Storied: Queer Voices

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, we asked some of the editors and contributors to the new MNHS Press book, "Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" about what the LGBTQIA movement means to them. 

Gale Family Library

Tollefson family.

It’s National Family History Month

Dig into research with our family history guides.


Three teenagers and a guide at Ramsey House.

Free field trips

Transport students to hands-on history destinations. Financial assistance provides free or low-cost field trips for Minnesota schools.