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Minnesota History Center

Closed Now: 12:00 - 17:00
Open today: 12:00 - 17:00
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Excellent exhibits, library and bookstore

This gave you a view of Minnesota’s early to contemporary history. Many interactive displays. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Perfect day trip event

My husband and I have been to the History center several times, but the most engaging exhibit we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nancy W
Woodbury, Minnesota
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An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society library...more
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345 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1903
+1 651-296-6126
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 September 2011

I am the kind of history buff who always wants to know about local history on a family trip and I've dragged my spouse, son and daughter through countless forts, museums, roadside markers, re-enactments and more. I see spaces marked by events and they see...More

4  Thank MinnesotaRobin
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The Charles Schultz exhibit was fantastic! Very interesting and entertaining. We spent about an hour in there looking and listening. The rest of the center was fine, just a lot less than I would have expected. A lot of the history information and items are...More

1  Thank Kathy T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This gave you a view of Minnesota’s early to contemporary history. Many interactive displays. The special community exhibits are well thought out and enlightening. The library is a good place to do historical research. The bookstore carries many publications from the Minnesota Historical Society which...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have been to the History center several times, but the most engaging exhibit we have seen is "1968". It is presented in a way as though you are actually in that time; experiencing the news and events as they unfold. I...More

Thank Nancy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We viewed the 1968 exhibit as 60 yr old folks and what a flashback..esp the volunteer exhibiting women "requiring dresses" for school attire (I remember that as a female) and the quiz on famous 1968 songs.... We joined the MN Historical Society immediately after viewing...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

A total time capsule of life in 1968. Moving and intense, in a good way. See this exhibit before it leaves St. Paul!

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

The center has clear interactive displays portraying the history of Minnesota including accounts of life of early settlers and of the appalling treatment of the Native American population. There are also other exhibitions, including when I was there a striking display on the US in...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

The MHC has a good selection of exhibits. Yet they could go more in depth. There are exhibits that interest children. The staff is professional and friendly. Visitors need 2 - 3 hours to visit the MHC.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 24 September 2018

The MHC was a real treat! I had not idea how well done it was. There were two exhibits that we really enjoyed. One was 1968 and and the other was the Somalies history in Minnesota. Both were so well done. The 1968 exhibit made...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2018

The History Center is a really impressive building and just impresses more as you wander round. There are so many interactive displays giving you a taste of things from experiencing a tornado from your cellar to life as a settler in the 1860s to being...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 16 September 2018

The History Center building is beautiful, in addition to hosting interesting exhibits on Minnesota history.

Thank Ann V
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

We have lived in Minneapolis for over 30 years and this was our first time. We could have spent much more time but 27 year old son not as enthralled as we were. Lunch at the cafeteria was amazing. The exhibits are so well put...More

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Carly F
18 November 2015|
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Response from americantraveller74 | Reviewed this property |
I think that you would need to speak directly to the museum itself for any availability. I would have no way of knowing what they could offer. Sorry!
Steve K
8 April 2015|
Response from MNHCSP |
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29 December 2014|
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I don't know, but Saint Paul, Minnesota, where we are located, is about as far from any ocean as you can get and still be in a major North American urban area! This might be a question for a different museum?