Hours and Admission

Museum hours

Wednesday10:00 am–4:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am–8:00 pm
Friday10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday11:00 am–4:00 pm

Museum admission

Seniors ages 65+  
Active military  
College students
Children ages 5–17$8
Children age 4 and underFree
MNHS membersFree
Blue Star Families  
(Armed Forces Day–Labor Day)
Free (On-site only)

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History-Connects (Reduced Admission)

Museums on Us (Card Holder Offer)

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2023 Holiday schedule


  • New Year's Day 2023, 11:00 am–4:00 pm (January 1, 2023)
  • Veterans Day, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (November 11, 2023)
  • Day after Thanksgiving, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (November 24, 2023)
  • The week after Christmas: Open Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm (December 26–29, 2023)
  • New Year's Eve, 11:00 am–4:00 pm (December 31, 2023)


  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16, 2023)
  • Presidents' Day (February 20, 2023)
  • Easter (April 9, 2023)
  • Memorial Day (May 29, 2023)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2023)
  • Labor Day (September 4, 2023)
  • Thanksgiving (November 23, 2023)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24, 2023)
  • ​Christmas (December 25, 2023)
  • New Year's Day 2024 (January 1, 2024)

Gale Family Library

The library is open for both advance and walk-in research appointments, and distance services are also available. Details.

Library hours

Thursday10:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am–4:00 pm

Advanced appointments are recommended, but not required. Library admission is free.

Please visit the Gale Family Library website for holidays and special hours.

Field trips

Call 1-888-387-5008 or use the field trip request form to schedule.

Special offers

6th Grade Minnesota History Pass

Find out how your 6th grader can visit MNHS sites free with a 6th Grade Minnesota History Pass.

Museums on Us

One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.