MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open Monday holidays year round, including 2/15).
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Free to visit the library



2016 Feb 5



Kwanzaa Family Day

Saturday, Dec. 26, 12-4 p.m. Included with museum admission

Schedule of events:

12:15 pm: Opening Ceremony & Blessing by Beverly Cottman 
12-4 p.m.: “We’re all cut from the same cloth” quilt square workshop with artist/quilter, Cecile Lewis
12-4 pm: African Mask Making with sculptor, Melvin R. Smith and painter, Rose J. Smith
12-4 pm: Kwanzaa Symbols & Face Painting with Phyllis Chatham
12-4 pm: Chillax’in Place - Take a break, sit a spell, look at books, draw and color
12-4 pm: Xcel Energy – Connect with Efficiency game
12-4 pm: Survey Station and Raffle – enter to win a Kwanzaa gift basket and other prizes
12-4 pm: African American Registry - Uniting classrooms through education, transforming communities through learning
12:30 & 1:30 pm: Magic with Brodini 
12:45, 1:45 & 2:30 pm : Storytelling with Auntie Beverly
12:30-3 pm (every half hour): Teen Advisory Council Spoken Word - The Minnesota Historical Society's Teen Advisory Council explores the seven principles of Kwanzaa through original spoken word poetry at pop-up locations throughout the building
1 pm : while supply lasts: Sample treats from The Cookie Cart, Cookies with a Cause-A North Minneapolis job training program
1 & 2 pm: DeLaSouljah Steppers from DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis
1-3 pm: Kwanzaa Bingo
1:30 pm: Sweet Potato Comfort Pie: Catalysts for Caring and Building Community with storyteller, writer and cook, Rose McGee 
2:45 pm: Soliente’s Music Box – World drumming and vocals with Soli Hughes
3:30 pm: West African drumming and dance with Fatawu Sayibu/Tiyumba Drum and Dance Company
In honor of Kwanzaa Family Day, Café Minnesota will serve Spicy Chicken Gumbo with Black Eyed Peas and Collard Greens.

About Kwanzaa

Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Commemorated from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The holiday is based on seven basic values of African culture called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. The History Center's annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held on one of the 7 days of Kwanzaa in December, have featured music, African dance and drums, storytelling, fashion shows, craft activities and other activities. 

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