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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

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 Mar 4



Thank you for coming to Retrorama 2014! 

Please fill out a survey telling us what you liked and what we can improve for next year.


Friday, May 16, 2014, 8-11 p.m.

Bust out your 1970s and '80 vintage - our annual celebration of retro fashion is back! 

Celebrate the Minnesota History Center’s newest exhibit, "Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis." Chamblis was an African American photographer who documented music, neighborhoods and the nightclub scene around Minneapolis in the 1970s and '80s. This year’s fashion show features clothes and performances inspired by the sounds and style of that dynamic era.



  • Fashion shows (8:30 & 9:30 p.m.) emceed by Fancy Ray McCloney and DJ Larry “Spider” Hamilton. 
  • Musical performance by Cynthia Johnson (10:30 p.m.), the voice of "Funkytown" (courtesy of Megabien Entertainment)
  • Du Nord craft spirits cocktail demos (8:15 and 9:15 p.m.)
  • Craft activity - make your own accessories using film
  • Bingo with Ellie Blades
  • 1970s & '80s-inspired Photo Op
  • Vintage boutiques by Flamingo's Divine Finds, the Spectacle Shoppe and Lula!

Need some inspiration? Check out some suggestions on what to wear and our Pinterest board.

This Year’s Designers: 

ArielSimone's collections feature an array of styles for the confident fashion-forward woman including swimwear, separates, cocktail dresses, and one-of-a-kind gowns. ArielSimone has been featured in Plymouth Magazine, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, The Knot, Vita.MN Magazine, The Star Tribune, The Upload, and City Pages. The label has shown in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Minneapolis. 
Emma Berg designs clothing for the fashion forward and confident woman. She focuses largely on commissioned event wear, and prides herself on the quality of fabrics, local production and detailed finishing. Berg recently received accolades from Vita.MN as one of the top 5 influential Minnesotans over the last 5 years and topped the readers list for best local designer. Berg’s collections Tragic Comedy (SS2011) and Que Sera Sera (AW2012) received recognition from Minnesota Monthly as top fashion events. 
Max Lohrbach, a designer in Minneapolis, is know for his original, luxurious and sometimes humorous and provocative fashion creations. Specializing in well-crafted day and party clothes for men and women, his unique one of a kind garments and hats are available custom made and fit. 
Samantha Rei began her career with the label "Blasphemina's Closet," 2000-2013. She finds inspiration in historical fashion, fairy tales and Japanese youth fashion.  With her new eponymous label, Samantha strives to help women feel confident, strong and comfortable in their own skin. She believes they can all be beautiful warriors. 
Kerry Riley is the owner/chief designer for Needle & Black (formerly Red Shoe Clothing Co.). The label creates classic, professionally constructed clothing and leather accessories for men and women. Needle & Black designs have been featured at such events as Diva MN and Voltage: Fashion Amplified. 
Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund and the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund. 


See photos from last year's event here!


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