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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, 10 am-5 pm)
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.



2014 Jul 30

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History Crawls

Take a scenic bus ride and hear true tales of how some of St. Paul's most noteworthy neighborhoods built a Capital city. Neighborhood history crawls include pub crawls, food crawls, University Grove neighborhood tours and Mid Century Modern architecture tours.
If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call 651-259-3015 at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs.

Upcoming History Crawls

Summit Hill Special History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
July 30 IS SOLD OUT.
Continues Wednesdays, August 6, August 13, August 20 and August 27 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Drinks purchased separately.  Patrons must be age 21+ and possess a valid picture ID.
Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 
Bask in the Victorian grace of Summit Hill, and hear stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Bus departs from the Minnesota History Center.

Mid Century Modern Tour

    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This event is SOLD OUT.

$25 ($20 MNHS members). 

This bus tour explores classic mid century design by the likes of Ralph Rapson, Close Architects, Eliel Saarinen and more. This tour takes participants to spots in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and includes the interiors of public buildings only.

University-Rondo-Frogtown History Food Crawl

    Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Continues on Saturday, August 16 - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Food samples included. Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 
Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of St. Paul’s most changeable district before it changes again.  Explore University Avenue, the former country road that both divides and defines the district. Investigate the immigrant enclave of Frogtown and the African American neighborhood of Rondo. Along the way, you’ll enjoy samples of barbecue, bahn mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) and nab vam (Hmong dessert drink) from the neighborhood. Bus departs from the Minnesota History Center. 

Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour

    Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

An additional tour will be held from 1-4 p.m.

$35 ($30 MNHS members). Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 

Explore the exteriors and interiors of public buildings and gracious homes designed by Cass Gilbert one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. Presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.

St. Paul After the Civil War

    Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Continues on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

$45 ($40 MNHS members). Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

When the Civil War ended, Union veterans, recently freed slaves, and European immigrants arrived by the hundreds in St. Paul. Hear their stories of arrival and homecoming, and explore the St. Paul they helped to build, a city trying to move on after a devastating war. 
Tour leaves from Historic Fort Snelling and visits Oakland Cemetery and the Old Soldiers Home. Includes total of 2 blocks walking on grass, and uneven gravel and dirt paths. Ticket price includes full picnic lunch.

From Pig’s Eye to Summit - St. Paul’s Brewing History by Bus

    Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Tour will also be held on Sept. 20, 2014.

Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

$35 ($30 MHS members)
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew with this great tour based on original research by Doug Hoverson of Land of Amber Waters.  This meandering three hour exploration of St. Paul’s hoppy past and present features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.
Breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to our current fascination with the sudsy stuff. However, Minnesota’s capitol city has a long and rich history with beer, starting with the first brewery opened in St. Paul in 1849. Today, Summit and other breweries share the city with thriving brew pubs, taprooms, and their historic predecessors—the beautiful old Hamm’s and Schmidt Breweries, to name a few.
Tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center. All attendees must be 21+. The tour includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. Please alert staff when buying tickets if you need alternative accommodations.