Votes for women. New online exhibit.
Last Saturday on the Farm! Visit October 24. Reserve tickets.



Minnesota History Center now open!

We are excited to welcome you back to the History Center museum, store, and cafe. Visitors can also explore our historic sites that are already open. 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

Happy American Archives Month! This 1981 contact between Lipps, Inc. and First Avenue was for the band to play the 7th Street Entry. Lipps, as you will no doubt remember, was famous for the 1980 charter topper “Funkytown.” While the band hails from Minneapolis, some have said the song is actually about Saint Paul. The manuscript collection from First Avenue contains many other gems; most are digitized. Take a look!

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.
Votes for women online exhibit.
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Mille Lacs trading post now open.

Trading post now open

The trading post at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum is now open. Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items, books and more.

Featured Event

A man painting a mural.

Thursday, October 22, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Conversation about Public Art & Memory

Join us for a conversation that will center on the ways that street art has been used to highlight public memorialization and the critical perspective that artwork brings to these public spaces.


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

Land of 10,000 plates book.

Land of 10,000 Plates

From Minnesota’s newer traditions— Hmong hotdish—to its oldest— nourishing wild rice—Land of 10,000 Plates invites readers to bask in the warmth and hospitality of kitchens throughout the state. 

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.