Votes for women. New online exhibit.
Minnesota History Center reopens October 1. Learn more.



Minnesota History Center reopens October 1

We look forward to welcoming you back to the History Center museum, store, and cafe. The Gale Family Library remains temporarily closed to visitors. Visitors can also explore our historic sites that are already open. Details


Split Rock Lighthouse.

16th Annual Legacy Society Celebration

Have you considered including MNHS in your estate plans? Join us on October 5 for a free virtual event featuring keynote speaker Anton Treuer. We will be celebrating those who are creating a legacy at MNHS impacting every corner of our state through preserving and sharing history. Register today!

Collections Item of the Day

This block print by Gary Egger is titled "At the Farmers Market." It was created in 1980 and shows barrels of produce in the foreground. Behind them, two women and a child stand facing right holding their purchases.

History at Home

History at home.

Explore online resources

Until we can welcome you back to our sites and museums, we invite you to continue to learn about history with us online.

History Matters

Contact your legislators

Email your legislators in support of MNHS's funding requests.

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.
Minnesota's Greatest Generation.
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Mille Lacs trading post opens October 1.

Trading post opening soon!

The trading post at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum opens October 1. In the meantime, shop our online store featuring American Indian gifts, handmade items, and books.

Featured Event

"If You See Me" Virtual Book Launch.

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"If You See Me" Virtual Book Launch with Pepé Willie, the "Godfather of the Minneapolis Sound"

Join Pepé Willie, the "Godfather of the Minneapolis Sound" in conversation with co-author Tony Kiene as they talk about their new book, If You See Me: My Six-Decade Journey in Rock and Roll. 


History is Now

The Minnesota Historical Society is collecting and preserving Minnesotans’ stories related to the COVID-19 health crisis so future generations can learn how the pandemic has impacted our lives.


Storied & more videos

Discover the stories we share. Uncover the real people behind the dates with the Storied series, then go on to explore the rest of our educational, entertaining video content.

Featured MNopedia Article

The Hull-Rust-Mahoning mine in Hibbing, Minnesota.

Mesabi Iron Range

The Mesabi Iron Range is arguably the most prolific iron range in Minnesota. Since the 1890s, the Mesabi has helped to boost the national economy, it has contributed to the Allied victory in World War II, and it has cultivated a multiethnic culture in northeast Minnesota.

MNHS Statement

Statement on George Floyd

On May 25, George Floyd was murdered. To the Floyd family, we express our heartfelt condolences. We share the deep hurt that our friends, family, and community are feeling in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death. Full statement

MNHS Press

 Making Minnesota the State That Votes.

Turnout: Making Minnesota the State That Votes

Part political history and part memoir, this book is a reminder to Minnesotans to cherish and protect their tradition of clean, open elections. 

Online Exhibit

 Native Minnesota.

Our Home: Native Minnesota

Learn about Native communities in Minnesota, including stories of survival, resiliency, and adaptation.

Gale Family Library

A baby is adopted by a family.

Researching your family history

Research your family's history online with our digital resources.


Girl working at a computer.

Distance learning resources

Online and low-tech educational resources to support Minnesota's teachers and students.