Black History, Black Voices.


Covid-19 Update

Now open!

We're pleased to announce that the Minnesota History Center Museum is now open to visitors. 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

Minnesota Public Radio first broadcast on this day, January 22, 1967. It was founded by Bill Kling and St. John's University President Colman Barry at the school's campus in Collegeville. This photo is of Tom Keith and Lynne Cruise mixing the sound at the World Theater during a live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1985.

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.

Featured Exhibits

Our Home Native Minnesota exhibit now on view.
Then Now Wow exhibit now on view.
Minnesota's greatest generation exhibit now on view.
Weather permitting exhibit now on view.
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Featured Event

American Revolutions with Alan Taylor.

Tue., Jan 26, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

American Revolutions with Alan Taylor

The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework. But the United States’ creation story was far more violent, dangerous, and precarious. Join us for the first of four programs that feature national scholars who explore the diverse and divergent currents that have long shaped our nation.


History Matters Face Masks.

History Matters

Show your support for history with our exclusive History Matters gear!

History is Now

History is now.

History is Now

We are living in a historic moment. Together, Minnesotans and MNHS are capturing and sharing history in real time. Join us in creating conversations that lead to real connection, deeper reflection, new questions, and purposeful action.

History Matters

Minnesota state capitol.

Thank you, Minnesota

We are grateful for your support of history. Please take a moment to express your appreciation to our state’s elected leaders for continued support from the State of Minnesota. 


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.

MNHS Press

Pints North book.

Pints North

Crack open a cold one and venture into the fun and exciting world of Minnesota craft beers, taprooms, and brewmasters with this inside look at beer making and beer culture. Learn more about Pints North and other great holiday gift books from MNHS Press.

Online Exhibit

Votes for Women online exhibit.

Votes for Women

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, find your inspiration in these stories of Minnesota women. Learn how the landmark 19th Amendment was one step in the struggle to overturn barriers to voting rights that persist to this day.

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.