Historic Adventures.
Three children and a camp counselor at James J Hill House.
Tour James J Hill House.


Featured Events

A group of workers wearing hats.

Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour

Feb 2 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm | Minneapolis

Take a guided tour of the historic Washburn A Mill to discover the dramatic story of work and labor in Minneapolis from the 19th century to today.

Sun., Feb 2
Strike! The Workers' Rights Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Feb 4
Sun., Feb 9
Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Tue., Feb 11
Tue., Feb 11
Music History Trivia
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

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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

Hamm’s Brewery in St. Paul in 1905.

Theodore Hamm Brewing Company

The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company, one of Minnesota’s most iconic breweries, began brewing beer in about 1865 as Excelsior Brewery in St. Paul. Hamm’s was brewed in Minnesota for well over a century.

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.

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 poster is not kidding around. The importance of coal to the World War I war effort is re-enforced by the message that families will be cold if they do not take appropriate precautions and cut wood now! "Save Your Family Next Winter" could hardly be more direct.


 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.