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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

  • $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
     

Contact

651-259-3000
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2015 Apr 1

 

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

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze: Distilling in the Twin Cities

    Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
This program is SOLD OUT.
 
Leaves from the Minnesota History Center. 
 
Cocktail rooms and high end mixology are trends matched only by our current thirst for microbrews, and booze and hooch have a rich history in the Twin Cities, with legacy brands like Phillips and high quality hooch (Minnesota 13) during Prohibition. Today’s microdistilleries are growing quickly, with local upstarts 11Wells and Du Nord Craft Spirits opening cocktail rooms this year. Hop on the bus and bring your ID for a tour of the Twin Cities’ boozy past and future. Samples included!
 

St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+. 
This program is SOLD OUT.
 
Meet at Summit Brewery (parking available in their lot), 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. You'll visit Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit Breweries and sample their beverages. This meandering three hour bus tour features conversation and hidden gems along the way.
 

St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+.  
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Meet at Summit Brewery (parking available in their lot), 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. You'll visit Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit Breweries and sample their beverages. This meandering three hour bus tour features conversation and hidden gems along the way.

West End History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Discover the place where a squint-eyed whiskey trader, a freed slave and St. Paul’s first murderer wrestled for pigs, where Yankees created the hidden gem of Irvine Park, and Czechs, Germans and Italians built a vibrant, working city. Solve the mystery of West 7th’s triangular blocks and learn how to toast your friends in all the languages of St. Paul’s oldest living neighborhood. An air-conditioned mini-coach will take you to McGovern’s, one of the city’s classic Irish bars, and Mancini’s Char-House and Lounge, a St. Paul institution with its own special swagger.
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 
 

Mid Century Modern Tour

    Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Join a bus tour exploring 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 exteriors of public buildings only. 
 

West End History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Discover the place where a squint-eyed whiskey trader, a freed slave and St. Paul’s first murderer wrestled for pigs, where Yankees created the hidden gem of Irvine Park, and Czechs, Germans and Italians built a vibrant, working city. Solve the mystery of West 7th’s triangular blocks and learn how to toast your friends in all the languages of St. Paul’s oldest living neighborhood. An air-conditioned mini-coach will take you to McGovern’s, one of the city’s classic Irish bars, and Mancini’s Char-House and Lounge, a St. Paul institution with its own special swagger.
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 
 

West End History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Discover the place where a squint-eyed whiskey trader, a freed slave and St. Paul’s first murderer wrestled for pigs, where Yankees created the hidden gem of Irvine Park, and Czechs, Germans and Italians built a vibrant, working city. Solve the mystery of West 7th’s triangular blocks and learn how to toast your friends in all the languages of St. Paul’s oldest living neighborhood. An air-conditioned mini-coach will take you to McGovern’s, one of the city’s classic Irish bars, and Mancini’s Char-House and Lounge, a St. Paul institution with its own special swagger.
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 

St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+.  
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Meet at Summit Brewery (parking available in their lot), 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. You'll visit Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit Breweries and sample their beverages. This meandering three hour bus tour features conversation and hidden gems along the way.

West End History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Discover the place where a squint-eyed whiskey trader, a freed slave and St. Paul’s first murderer wrestled for pigs, where Yankees created the hidden gem of Irvine Park, and Czechs, Germans and Italians built a vibrant, working city. Solve the mystery of West 7th’s triangular blocks and learn how to toast your friends in all the languages of St. Paul’s oldest living neighborhood. An air-conditioned mini-coach will take you to McGovern’s, one of the city’s classic Irish bars, and Mancini’s Char-House and Lounge, a St. Paul institution with its own special swagger.
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 

Downtown History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power cen-ter. 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. Stop in for drinks at Christos’ inside the newly-revitalized Union Depot and at the St. Paul Hotel whose legendary scotch menu has been enjoyed by moguls, rock stars and presidents.  
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Tour departs from the Minnesota History Center.
 

Mid Century Modern Tour

    Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Join a bus tour exploring 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 exteriors of public buildings only. 
 

Downtown History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power cen-ter. 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. Stop in for drinks at Christos’ inside the newly-revitalized Union Depot and at the St. Paul Hotel whose legendary scotch menu has been enjoyed by moguls, rock stars and presidents.  
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Tour departs from the Minnesota History Center.
 

St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+.  
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Meet at Summit Brewery (parking available in their lot), 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. You'll visit Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit Breweries and sample their beverages. This meandering three hour bus tour features conversation and hidden gems along the way.

Downtown History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power cen-ter. 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. Stop in for drinks at Christos’ inside the newly-revitalized Union Depot and at the St. Paul Hotel whose legendary scotch menu has been enjoyed by moguls, rock stars and presidents.  
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Tour departs from the Minnesota History Center.
 

Downtown History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Unearth the secrets behind downtown’s transformation from wild prairie to modern power cen-ter. 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. Stop in for drinks at Christos’ inside the newly-revitalized Union Depot and at the St. Paul Hotel whose legendary scotch menu has been enjoyed by moguls, rock stars and presidents.  
 
Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Tour departs from the Minnesota History Center.
 

Mid Century Modern Tour

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Join a bus tour exploring 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 exteriors of public buildings only. 
 

Bars, Bootleggers and Booze Bus Tour

    Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MHS members). 
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Cocktail rooms and high end mixology are trends matched only by our current thirst for mi-crobrews. Booze and hooch have a rich history in the Twin Cities, including legacy brands like Phillips, founded in 1912; and Minnesota 13, a high quality hooch beloved throughout the Mid-west during Prohibition. Today’s microdistilleries are growing quickly, with local upstarts 11Wells and Du Nord opening cocktail rooms this year. Hop on the bus and bring your ID for a tour of the twin cities’ boozy past and future, samples included!
 

Summit Hill Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again of one of the city’s most fashionable historical addresses. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoy stops at W.A. Frost and the University Club. 

Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 


Summit Hill Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again of one of the city’s most fashionable historical addresses. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoy stops at W.A. Frost and the University Club. 

Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 


Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour

    Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Tickets available 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. Highlights this year include the Pioneer Endicott Building (which housed Gilbert’s office) and private homes.
 

 


Cass Gilbert Home and Building Experience

    Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

$90 ($75 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3105. 

Calling all Gilbert geeks! This is your chance to go deep on this year’s Cass Gilbert tour. Architect and president of the Cass Gilbert Society Ted Lentz will lead this group on a leisurely exploration of the structures featured on this year’s Home and Building Tour with access to extra nooks and crannies and additional content. Participants will also enjoy a luncheon at the Emerson Hadley House, a Cass Gilbert home completed in 1895 and currently undergoing restoration by its owners, who will host and lead tours.  Presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.

Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour

    Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Tickets available 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. Highlights this year include the Pioneer Endicott Building (which housed Gilbert’s office) and private homes.

 


Summit Hill Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again of one of the city’s most fashionable historical addresses. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoy stops at W.A. Frost and the University Club. 

Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center. 


St. Paul’s Brewing History Bus Tour

    Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Ages 21+.
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
 
Meet at Summit Brewery (parking available in their lot), 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
 
Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about Saint Paul’s hoppy past. New breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to today’s fascination with the sudsy stuff, but St. Paul’s first brewery was opened in 1849 by German immigrant Anthony Yoerg. Today, remnants of St. Paul’s historic brewing past include the imposing old Hamm’s and Schmidt breweries. You'll visit Flat Earth, Great Waters and Summit Breweries and sample their beverages. This meandering three hour bus tour features conversation and hidden gems along the way.

Summit Hill Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Ages 21+
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

Bask in the Victorian grace of St. Paul’s Summit Hill and discover the stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again of one of the city’s most fashionable historical addresses. Follow the path of the old streetcars past 19th-century homes, luxury hotels and the former haunts of F. Scott Fitzgerald and enjoy stops at W.A. Frost and the University Club. 

Drink purchases are not included in the tour price. Begins and ends at Minnesota History Center.