Jeffers petroglyphs and Split Rock Lighthouse now open.
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Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs open to visitors

We're pleased to share that Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs are now open to the public. Reserve your tickets today! Details


Split Rock Lighthouse at night.

Help history emerge strong

Your generosity will sustain us through a difficult period and be applied toward our greatest need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Collections Item of the Day

This poster was created in 1917 to recruit soldiers for World War I in southern Minnesota. "Wanted - Not Next Summer, but NOW!" and "No Slackers" is a pretty stark call.

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 Event

 A Good Time for the Truth.

Thursday, August 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

One Book | One Minnesota: "A Good Time for the Truth"

Join a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.


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.


Turnout: 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. 


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 cover of The Five Star Minstrel Book.

Blackface Minstrelsy in Minnesota

In recent weeks, there has been renewed discussion about racist symbols and their effect on society. This MNopedia article explores the history of blackface, its negative depiction of African Americans, and how it was received in 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

Girl reading a book on an iPad.

Shop the History at Home e-book sale

For a limited time, select MNHS Press e-books are on sale for just $4.99. Browse our virtual bookstore to discover fascinating stories about Minnesota people, places, eras, and events.

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.