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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, including Memorial Day)
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 28


Scouts & Youth Groups

Scout Groups

The Minnesota History Center offers many exciting opportunities for Scout troops to explore, create, and learn! Whether your group is looking to fulfill badge requirements, attend a special event, or simply enjoy our exhibits, the Minnesota History Center is a great place to visit. 

Girl Scout Workshops

Workshops must be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Additions or group cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to scheduled visit.
For more information, please call 651-259-3015.Open House

Listening to the Past: Brownie Girl Scout Workshop

  • Upcoming dates: None at this time
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Other dates/times may be available upon request
  • $10/girls and $5/adults. Program fee includes badge.
  • 8 min/20 max (1 adult per every 10 girls, please)

Explore the "Open House" exhibit with one of our staff, and discover the stories of the families who lived in one house in St. Paul over 118 years. Play games that the children who lived in the house played. Learn about Minnesota women who have made a difference and act out their stories using puppets you make and take home with you! Program fee includes admission to the Minnesota History Center. This workshop completes the requirements for the Brownie Girl Scout Listening to the Past badge.

Folk Art: Junior Girl Scout workshop

  • Upcoming dates:  None at this time
  • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Other dates/times may be available upon request
  • $12/girls and $5/adults. Program fee includes badge.
  • 8 min/20 max (1 adult per every 10 girls, please)

What do images and artifacts tell us about the past?  In this workshop, you will explore the “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” exhibit and examine historic photographs, objects, and toys to discover what it was like to grow up during the Great Depression. Learn the art of storytelling and perform a short skit from the golden age of radio and create a flower pin made from scrap fabric and trim. This workshop fulfills the requirements for the Folk Arts badge. Program fee includes admission to the Minnesota History Center.

Boy Scout Workshops

None scheduled at this time.

Youth Groups


  • Youth groups include scouts, daycares, before and after school programs, pre-schools and other youth organizations.
  • Youth group rates are $6 per person (children and adult chaperones) for groups of 10 or more. Regular admission rates apply for smaller groups. Discount coupons, Minnesota Historical Society memberships, and Sixth Grade Minnesota History Passes are not valid for youth groups.
  • Visits include an introduction from museum staff and self-guided time in the exhibits with a museum activity. Grainland time can be scheduled. Brown bag lunchroom space is not available on evenings and weekends.


Tours must be booked two weeks in advance to receive group rate. Additions or group cancellations must be made at least two weeks before scheduled visit. 
To register or for more information, call 651-259-3400.
Online request form

Museum Package
Select one of these activities to help your students examine artifacts and uncover stories in the History Center’s museum exhibits. Teachers and chaperones work with small groups of students to facilitate each activity. See more information on the Museum Package.

Please allow 1-2 hours in the museum to complete activities.

  • Explore 
    Students become “history detectives” and dig deeper into exhibit themes and content when they answer questions using our Explore! booklets. Each student receives an illustrated booklet with questions and activities that guide and encourage interaction with the exhibits. Chaperones and teachers are provided with answer keys to help them facilitate discussion.


  • Now on Display!
    Take on the role of an exhibit curator! Students are given a booklet to help them create their own museum. Using different organizing themes, students explore the exhibits to find items that will fit into a museum of their own. Students answer questions that help them describe and interpret the items they have selected and explain how they fit into their museum.