MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
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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

Admission

  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free Tuesdays 3-8 pm
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Free to visit the library
     

Contact

651-259-3000
Contact

2016 May 24

 

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, architecture tours, distillery tours and more.
 
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

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: The Creative Enterprise Zone

    Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Located mid-city between Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Creative Enterprise Zone is home to both urban-industrial and creative enterprises. This tour highlights just a few of the businesses that thrive here with an exclusive look at the WestRock Paper plant - one of the neighborhood's oldest and largest factories - and a tour of the beautifully revitalized Vandalia Tower building. The tour concludes with an optional drink at the new Lake Monster Brewing taproom. Presented in partnership with the Creative Enterprise Zone.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: The Creative Enterprise Zone

    Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Located mid-city between Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Creative Enterprise Zone is home to both urban-industrial and creative enterprises. This tour highlights just a few of the businesses that thrive here with an exclusive look at the WestRock Paper plant - one of the neighborhood's oldest and largest factories - and a tour of the beautifully revitalized Vandalia Tower building. The tour concludes with an optional drink at the new Lake Monster Brewing taproom. Presented in partnership with the Creative Enterprise Zone.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Sacred St. Paul by Bus

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

$55 ($50 MNHS members)

Churches, both the humble and the grand, mark the landscape of St. Paul's rich religious and ethnic history. Explore the art, architecture and unique stories of some of the capitol city's most fascinating sacred spaces with professional photographer and author Doug Ohman (Churches of Minnesota), as he opens the doors to some of St. Paul's most historic churches.

Tour meets at Minnesota History Center. Includes stairs and no more than 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Price includes box lunch.


Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Frogtown

    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Frogtown has always been home to Saint Paul's immigrant communities; today it's one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. On this tour, you'll enjoy coffee at Demera restaurant, learn the story of one of the city's great bread makers, A La Francaise, soak up some early 20th century ambiance at the storied Victoria Theater and wander past homes that have housed generations of the city's workers from the railroad workers of the late 19th century to the small business owners and workers of today, ending at the newly opened Frogtown Park and Farm. Presented in partnership with the Frogtown Neighborhood Association.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour

    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
On this tour, you'll meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and get some background on our state's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11Wells distillery, the newly reopened Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included! 
 
Notes: 
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.
 

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Frogtown

    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Frogtown has always been home to Saint Paul's immigrant communities; today it's one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. On this tour, you'll enjoy coffee at Demera restaurant, learn the story of one of the city's great bread makers, A La Francaise, soak up some early 20th century ambiance at the storied Victoria Theater and wander past homes that have housed generations of the city's workers from the railroad workers of the late 19th century to the small business owners and workers of today, ending at the newly opened Frogtown Park and Farm. Presented in partnership with the Frogtown Neighborhood Association.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Historic Summit Hill by Bus

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members)
 
Climb the once insurmountable Summit Hill to discover its rise from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address.  Follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age. Round out your evening with a drink at former Fitzgerald watering hole, W.A. Frost.  
 
Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.

St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew on this meandering three hour tour of Saint Paul's hoppy past and present featuring samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. Tour stops include Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit breweries.
 
Notes:
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.

 


Queer St. Paul Walking Tour

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
 
$25 ($20 MNHS members)
 
Discover St. Paul's all-but-forgotten lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer past with Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. Walk in the same footsteps as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar. Find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie, and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. You will discover, or perhaps remember, a city that almost vanished without a trace. 
 
Tour meets at NW corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Wabasha. Includes 2 hours of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Some locations only accessible by stairs. Beer and snacks included. Ages 21 and up only.

 


Historic Downtown by Bus

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$25 ($20 MNHS members)

Unearth the secrets behind downtown's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. Find out how downtown grew from rough river port where soap was scarce to become a Gilded Age gem built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York. Explore the revitalized Union Depot and round out your evening with a drink at the legendary bar of the St. Paul Hotel.  

Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.


The Summit Avenue Mansions of Clarence Johnston

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 9:00am
This event is SOLD OUT.
 
As the most sought-after residential architect for two generations of Minnesota society, Clarence Johnston was responsible for 42 mansions along Saint Paul's Historic Summit Avenue (more than any other architect), dozens more grand homes throughout the Historic Cathedral Hill District, and the famous Glensheen Mansion-Historic Congdon Estate in Duluth. As the appointed official Minnesota State Architect from 1901 to 1931, Johnston designed many buildings for the University of Minnesota, including Walter Library, Northrup Auditorium and Folwell Halls. This tour offers a rare and intimate look at the gracious interior spaces of some of Clarence Johnston's finest commissions on Summit Avenue, exemplifying his versatility as an artist and mastery of varied architectural styles.
 
Some of the historic homes featured on this tour are accessible only by stairs. Tour also includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 
 

The Summit Avenue Mansions of Clarence Johnston

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
This event is SOLD OUT.
 
As the most sought-after residential architect for two generations of Minnesota society, Clarence Johnston was responsible for 42 mansions along Saint Paul's Historic Summit Avenue (more than any other architect), dozens more grand homes throughout the Historic Cathedral Hill District, and the famous Glensheen Mansion-Historic Congdon Estate in Duluth. As the appointed official Minnesota State Architect from 1901 to 1931, Johnston designed many buildings for the University of Minnesota, including Walter Library, Northrup Auditorium and Folwell Halls. This tour offers a rare and intimate look at the gracious interior spaces of some of Clarence Johnston's finest commissions on Summit Avenue, exemplifying his versatility as an artist and mastery of varied architectural styles.
 
Some of the historic homes featured on this tour are accessible only by stairs. Tour also includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 
 

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Little Mekong

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
The small businesses, artists and residents of the Asian community in Saint Paul sometimes known as Little Mekong offer a behind the scenes look at the memories, flavors and artistic vision that have shaped this neighborhood in recent years. Walking tour lead by resident artists and youth with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent includes visits to the Little Mekong Market Space and Thai Cafe.  Presented in partnership with Asian Economic Development Association.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
On this tour, you'll meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and get some background on our state's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11Wells distillery, the newly reopened Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included! 
 
Notes: 
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.
 

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members)
 
Discover St. Paul's all-but-forgotten lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer past with Stewart Van Cleve, author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. Walk in the same footsteps as Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar. Find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie, and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977. You will discover, or perhaps remember, a city that almost vanished without a trace. 
 
Tour meets at NW corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Wabasha. Includes 2 hours of moderately-paced walking on uneven terrain. Some locations only accessible by stairs. Beer and snacks included. Ages 21 and up only.

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Little Mekong

    Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
The small businesses, artists and residents of the Asian community in Saint Paul sometimes known as Little Mekong offer a behind the scenes look at the memories, flavors and artistic vision that have shaped this neighborhood in recent years. Walking tour lead by resident artists and youth with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent includes visits to the Little Mekong Market Space and Thai Cafe.  Presented in partnership with Asian Economic Development Association.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Historic Summit Hill by Bus

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members)
 
Climb the once insurmountable Summit Hill to discover its rise from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address.  Follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age. Round out your evening with a drink at former Fitzgerald watering hole, W.A. Frost.  
 
Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Rondo Past and Present

    Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Saint Paul's African-American community centered around Rondo Avenue, until it was destroyed to make way for the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Today, many former residents remember the neighborhood's businesses and gathering spaces; its energy and its pride. This tour will reveal some of Rondo's notable residents and landmarks, including the one-time home of nationally known activist and lawyer Frederick McGhee and the Ebony Lounge, a prominent night spot and music venue. The tour also includes a close look at neighborhood memorials and tastes from Big Daddy's barbecue, a thriving business that helped to revive commerce around University and Dale. Note, this tour coincides with Saint Paul's annual Rondo Days celebration. Participants will be transported by shuttle bus from the festival grounds to the tour's starting point, and are invited to join the celebration before and after the tour. Presented in partnership with the Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tour: Rondo Past and Present

    Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
Saint Paul's African-American community centered around Rondo Avenue, until it was destroyed to make way for the construction of Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Today, many former residents remember the neighborhood's businesses and gathering spaces; its energy and its pride. This tour will reveal some of Rondo's notable residents and landmarks, including the one-time home of nationally known activist and lawyer Frederick McGhee and the Ebony Lounge, a prominent night spot and music venue. The tour also includes a close look at neighborhood memorials and tastes from Big Daddy's barbecue, a thriving business that helped to revive commerce around University and Dale. Note, this tour coincides with Saint Paul's annual Rondo Days celebration. Participants will be transported by shuttle bus from the festival grounds to the tour's starting point, and are invited to join the celebration before and after the tour. Presented in partnership with the Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation.
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Historic Downtown by Bus

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$25 ($20 MNHS members)

Unearth the secrets behind downtown's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. Find out how downtown grew from rough river port where soap was scarce to become a Gilded Age gem built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York. Explore the revitalized Union Depot and round out your evening with a drink at the legendary bar of the St. Paul Hotel.  

Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.


Underground St. Paul Hiking Tour

    Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

$55 ($50 MNHS members)

Unearth St. Paul's deepest history, concealed in the caves that lurk beneath it. Geologist and urban cave historian Greg Brick, author of Subterranean Twin Cities, will guide you down the paths of hidden rivers to brewing caves and ancient sacred sites on the East Side, and regale you with tales of nightclubs and landslides, cheese caves and bomb shelters on a scenic drive through Mushroom Valley.  

Tour meets at the Minnesota History Center and includes stairs and 1/2 mile of vigorous hiking on uneven terrain. Some locations only accessible on foot. Box lunch included in price. 


St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew on this meandering three hour tour of Saint Paul's hoppy past and present featuring samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. Tour stops include Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit breweries.
 
Notes:
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.

 


Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour

    Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
On this tour, you'll meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and get some background on our state's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11Wells distillery, the newly reopened Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included! 
 
Notes: 
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.
 

Historic Summit Hill by Bus

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members)
 
Climb the once insurmountable Summit Hill to discover its rise from rural retreat to elite Victorian enclave, its fall into notoriety, and its fight to regain its status as St. Paul's most fashionable historical address.  Follow old streetcar lines past beautifully restored Victorian homes and luxury hotels where F. Scott Fitzgerald first made his mark as the scandalous voice of the Jazz Age. Round out your evening with a drink at former Fitzgerald watering hole, W.A. Frost.  
 
Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.

Underground St. Paul Hiking Tour

    Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

$55 ($50 MNHS members)

Unearth St. Paul's deepest history, concealed in the caves that lurk beneath it. Geologist and urban cave historian Greg Brick, author of Subterranean Twin Cities, will guide you down the paths of hidden rivers to brewing caves and ancient sacred sites on the East Side, and regale you with tales of nightclubs and landslides, cheese caves and bomb shelters on a scenic drive through Mushroom Valley.  

Tour meets at the Minnesota History Center and includes stairs and 1/2 mile of vigorous hiking on uneven terrain. Some locations only accessible on foot. Box lunch included in price.


Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours: Little Africa

    Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
On this tour you'll get a glimpse into the vibrant African cultures that have shaped the Midway and learn about coffee's central influence on many of them. Tour participants will encounter dynamic public art, participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and meet with local artists and business owners as they reflect on the intersections of coffee, culture, and community. Note, this tour coincides with the neighborhood's annual Little Africa fest, participants are invited to enjoy the festivities before and after the tour. 
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours: Little Africa

    Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
$15 ($12 MNHS members)
 
Calling all urban adventurers! On the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours, you'll go deep with a resident guide on the businesses, flavors and personalities that shape five great neighborhoods along the Green Line. From a historic paper factory to an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, each tour offers community experiences and locations selected by residents just for you.
 
On this tour you'll get a glimpse into the vibrant African cultures that have shaped the Midway and learn about coffee's central influence on many of them. Tour participants will encounter dynamic public art, participate in a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, and meet with local artists and business owners as they reflect on the intersections of coffee, culture, and community. Note, this tour coincides with the neighborhood's annual Little Africa fest, participants are invited to enjoy the festivities before and after the tour. 
 
Notes: 
-Refreshments Provided. 
-Some stairs and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. 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.
 
Generous support for the Neighborhood Secrets Walking Tours is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.0

Historic Downtown by Bus

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$25 ($20 MNHS members)

Unearth the secrets behind downtown's transformation from wild prairie to modern power center. Find out how downtown grew from rough river port where soap was scarce to become a Gilded Age gem built by robber barons, impresarios and crime bosses to rival Chicago and New York. Explore the revitalized Union Depot and round out your evening with a drink at the legendary bar of the St. Paul Hotel.  

Ages 21 and up only. Drinks purchased separately. Tour includes stairs and up to 2 blocks of moderately-paced walking on uneven surfaces.


St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew on this meandering three hour tour of Saint Paul's hoppy past and present featuring samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way. Tour stops include Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit breweries.
 
Notes:
-All attendees must be 21+
-Some stairs and up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. 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.