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Featured Events

"Daddy Long Legs" by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre

Feb 29 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm | St. Paul

Minneapolis Musical Theatre brings the off-Broadway musical love story "Daddy Long Legs" to the intimate setting of the James J. Hill House.

Tue., Feb 25
"Warrior Women" Film Screening & Conversation
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Sat., Feb 29
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Sat., Mar 7
Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Mar 10

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Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom.
Prince: Before the Rain Exhibit, now on view.
Art from the edge of the Boreal Forest exhibit, now on view, James J Hill House.
My Mighty Journey exhibit. Now on view.
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Our Home Native Minnesota.

Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post books and gifts

The Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit is now on view at the Minnesota History Center. Shop books and gifts from the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post.

New from MNHS Press

When the Stones came to town.

When the Stones Came to Town

Stunning images of some of the greatest musicians from rock ’n’ roll history, including both onstage action and behind-the-scenes candids.


Featured MNopedia Article

 A group of men sing in front of an audience at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.

Near North Community in Minneapolis

The Near North community of Minneapolis—made up of the neighborhoods of Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, Near North, Sumner-Glenwood, and Willard-Hay—has had a major African American presence since the early 1900s.

History Matters

Minnesota State Capitol.

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Advocate for history on Thursday, March 5, at History Matters Day at the Minnesota State Capitol.

MNHS Magazine

MNHS Magazine.

Peruse the e-edition

Flip through the digital version of our latest issue of the MNHS Programs & Events magazine.

Collections Item of the Day

This photo from 1880 was taken at Minneopa State Park near Mankato in winter, showing the frozen waterfalls. The photographer was Elias F. Everitt. It is a stereograph, which is meant to be viewed using a stereoscope which showing left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene appears as a single three-dimensional image.


 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

Handsaker self portrait 1952.

Preserve your family history

Looking for inspiration to preserve your family history?  Take a look at our recently digitized Handsaker Annual Family Albums collection.


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.