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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)
Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 10 am-5 pm on Fri, Nov. 27.
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



2015 Nov 24


History of Hip

History of Hip 2016

This informal series about the origins of all things hip, has moved to Vieux Carré, in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building at 498 St. Peter St. in Saint Paul.
$15 ($12 MNHS members). Buy tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
Please note: These are 21+ events. Ticket price includes one glass of house wine or tap beer or a featured cocktail.
In the rare event of unforeseen scheduling conflicts, this program will be moved to the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN 55102



Upcoming History of Hip Events

Videogames and History

    Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members). Ticket price includes one glass of house wine or tap beer or a featured cocktail. Buy tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
Video games have become as integral to our culture as TV or movies. Today they offer complex narratives and immersive experiences, a potent starting point for exploring and understanding history. Join Andrew Williams and Dave Beck of the School of Art & Design at University of Wisconsin-Stout to explore the past and future of video games. Williams will offer an overview of key moments in the history of video game design with particular attention to video games that use history as a component of the game's narrative. Beck will discuss the development process for his own historic experience, Tombeaux, which features an immersive, historic environment. 
Dave Beck Dave Beck is the Chair of the Department of Design and Program Director for the Game Design BFA at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. He is the recipient of the 2010 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Award, given by the National Science Foundation. Beck's artwork has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National Geographic, the journal Science, and the book GameScenes: Art in the Age of Videogames. 
Andrew Williams teaches Art and Design History at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His research topics focus on digital game history, film, material culture, architecture and nostalgia/memory. He is currently working on a number of projects related to digital game history and the historic preservation of a local 19th century mansion.

Cities + Suburbs: Timeless romance or loveless marriage?

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members). Ticket price includes one glass of house wine or tap beer or a featured cocktail. Buy tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
As long as suburbs have existed, neighboring residents have competed for resources and recognition. But can urbanites and suburbanites overcome differences to share assets and create a vibrant metro community? Dominique Pierre-Toussaint, an educator and community activist who lives in Eden Prairie and works in Hopkins, shares his thoughts on the challenges and rewards of suburban life, with Ann Buck of the Hopkins Police Department. Writer and geographer Bill Lindeke of the Saint Paul Planning Commission discusses efforts to make Saint Paul and surrounding suburbs a more cohesive community and shares his predictions for the future of Twin Cities suburbs.
Bill Lindeke has been blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Minnesota, and writes the Cityscape column for Minnpost. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul and serves there on the Saint Paul Planning Commission and Transportation Committee. He loves jazz, philosophy, and good news radio. Follow him on Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.
Dominique Pierre-Toussaint is the Co-Founder of Minnesota Youth Community (MNYC). MNYC aims to enrich the experience of each child by focusing on three cores of development - Athletics, Arts and Academics. Pierre- Toussaint’s work with the project is similarly holistic- he is fundraiser, booster and teacher. Pierre-Toussaint is also an Elementary Support Specialist for Hopkins Public Schools. 

History of Graffiti

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members). Ticket price includes one glass of house wine or tap beer or a featured cocktail. Buy tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
Graffiti has always been a compelling if controversial form of street art that reflects important community issues as well as an artist's own aesthetic. Artists Eric "BLASTER" Mattheis and Shawn "Dalsen" Hennessy, both of the Rogue Citizen Art Collective, present a brief primer on graffiti's origins and current incarnations with a live demo of the styles and elements that characterize much of today's graffiti art. Roger Cummings of Juxtaposition Arts shares his work with youth and aerosol art in North Minneapolis and reflects on graffiti as a potent art force with unique regional variations among youth worldwide.
Shawn “Dalsen” Hennessy: Dalsen’s layered mixed media images communicate nostalgia, sex, violence, death and humor. Rising up from skateboarding and graffiti culture, punk and hip-hop aesthetic, his work harbors an urban-unique vibrancy and life.
Eric “BLASTER” Mattheis: Blaster uses a grassroots approach rooted in the teachings of urban aesthetic. Bouncing between careful abstraction and graffiti-fueled impulsiveness, he creates darkly funny characters with explosive palettes.
If Roger Cummings had a mantra, it would likely be a variation on “learn by doing” — “learn by doing art.” One of the founders of Juxtaposition Arts and its artistic director, Roger embraces non-traditional approaches to education and artistic practice with very concrete outcomes in mind:  training young people to become working artists with the entrepreneurial and leadership skills necessary to make a living and make a difference in their community.