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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)
Museum Holiday Hours

Visiting in May or early June on a weekday? Consider planning your visit for after 2 p.m. if you prefer a quieter experience. We're thrilled to have nearly 1,000 excited school children visiting between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on most days, but we know it can be a little too noisy for some folks!

Library Hours

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


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
  • Free to visit the library



2015 May 22


Nine Nights of Music

Starting June 30 and continuing every Tuesday in July and August! The popular series, now in its 18th year, presents the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota's multi-cultural community at free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center.

Presented by Xcel Energy.

6:30 to 7 p.m.*: Dance instruction provided by Tapestry Folk Dance Center (with recorded music).  
7 to 8:30 p.m.*: Live music and dancing.
*Times unless otherwise noted
Listen to infectious music and get out your dancing shoes for saucy salsa, soulful Motown, and classic big band swing! Co-sponsor Tapestry Folkdance Center provides instructors to lead the way.
Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic, or purchase food from the History Center's Cafe Minnesota (no outside alcohol is permitted). Admission to museum exhibits is free on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the History Center's 3M Auditorium.

In case of rain, performances will be held inside the History Center's 3M Auditorium (decision will be made by 4 p.m. the day of the show). Food and drinks available for sale in Cafe MN. Seating is open to the public in the cafe prior to the performance. No food or drink allowed inside the auditorium. 


Upcoming Events

Pig's Eye Landing

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Appalachian, British Isles, French-Canadian Folk  
*5:30 p.m.: preshow activities begin with a unique outdoor installation. Families can climb aboard a rustic 1940s shantyboat and hear stories of the people who lived and worked on the river. Created by Wes Modes in partnership with the National Park Service and their River City Revue. 

Orchestar Bez Ime

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Balkan and Gypsy

Bruce Henry Band

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Motown and R&B                                
*Intermission Activity: Wear your favorite chapeau and win prizes in the Fashion Flair Hat Contest. Get inspired from the exhibit Inspiring Beauty: 50 years of Ebony Fashion Fair.

Salsa del Soul

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Smokin’ Latin                                                

Red Rock Swing Band

    Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Classic Big Band    

Kong/Shu Project

    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Hybrid 1980s Rock and Contemporary Hmong

Nikaido, Sorvari, Kazama

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Cosmic Japanese Pop  
Celebrate 60 years of friendship between the United States and Japan and the sister cities of Nagasaki and St. Paul. Also featuring the Junshin Peace Singers from Nagasaki.
*Pre-show Activity - 5:30 to 7 p.m.:  Kite making and flying (weather permitting)

New Riverside Ramblers

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Family Music All Stars: Justin Roberts with Liam Davis

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Kid's Rock
*Pre-show Activity - 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Old fashioned lawn games and bubbles 

Prior Events