Jeffers petroglyphs and Split Rock Lighthouse.



Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs to reopen July 15

We're pleased to share that Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs will be the first of our sites to open on July 15. Advance tickets go on sale July 8 (July 6 for MNHS members)! 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.

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.


A Good Time for the Truth book.

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

In A Good Time for the Truth, 16 of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in one of the whitest states in the nation.


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 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

Minnesota's black community in the twenty first century book.

Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century

Minnesota's Black Community in the 21st Century shines a spotlight on African American individuals and organizations who are helping to build a better Minnesota.


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.