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

Contact

651-259-3000
Contact

2016 Jul 22

 

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

Underground St. Paul Hiking Tour

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

This event is SOLD OUT. 

$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
This event is SOLD OUT. 
 
$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

This event is SOLD OUT. 

$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.


High Bridge Station Riverfront Tour

    Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
A street-level tour of Minnesota's capital city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. Tours meet at the Alexander Ramsey House and walk along the Mississippi River, tracing the city’s origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. Visitors will experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Xcel Energy High Bridge Generating Station. Participants will return to the Ramsey House by bus, learning about the Schmidt Brewery and stopping at the historic Stone Saloon, an 1857 watering hole currently being restored to its Civil War condition, along the way. Presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
 
This tour is for adults and children age 10 and up accompanied by an adult. All attendees with be required to fill out a waiver before the tour. Tour route includes stairs, open-floor grating and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
 
Note: The High Bridge Electric Generating Plant contains equipment which produces Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emissions, which have the potential to interfere with implanted medical devices. 

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.

 


High Bridge Riverfront Tour

    Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
$40 ($35 MNHS members)
 
A street-level tour of Minnesota's capital city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. Tours meet at the Alexander Ramsey House and walk along the Mississippi River, tracing the city’s origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. Visitors will experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Xcel Energy High Bridge Generating Station. Participants will return to the Ramsey House by bus, learning about the Schmidt Brewery and stopping at the historic Stone Saloon, an 1857 watering hole currently being restored to its Civil War condition, along the way. Presented in partnership with Xcel Energy.
 
This tour is for adults and children age 10 and up accompanied by an adult. All attendees with be required to fill out a waiver before the tour. Tour route includes stairs, open-floor grating and up to two miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain.
 
Note: The High Bridge Electric Generating Plant contains equipment which produces Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF) emissions, which have the potential to interfere with implanted medical devices. 

Green Line Checklist Food Tour: Happy Hour

    Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$50 ($40 MNHS members)
 
Experience the faces and flavors along University Avenue with the Heavy Table team, who recently completed their "Green Line Checklist" blog series exploring the restaurants, shops and food trucks of the light rail corridor. On this happy hour tour, explore the Little Mekong neighborhood, including stops at Lao Thai, Thai Garden and Mai Village. 
 
This tour is for ages 21 and up, including one beverage. Tour starts at Mai Village, 394 University Avenue W., St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Heavy Table and the Asian Economic Development Association.

Green Line Checklist Food Tour: Bakeries and Buns

    Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
$40 ($30 MNHS members)
 
Experience the faces and flavors along University Avenue with the Heavy Table team, who recently completed their "Green Line Checklist" blog series exploring the restaurants, shops and food trucks of the light rail corridor. On this morning tour through the Little Mekong neighborhood, taste familiar and lesser-known baked goods and BBQ treats at Trung Nam French Bakery, Silhouette Bakery and more. 
 
Tour starts at Mai Village, 394 University Avenue W., St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Heavy Table and the Asian Economic Development Association.

 


Green Line Checklist Food Tour: Happy Hour

    Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$50 ($40 MNHS members)
 
Experience the faces and flavors along University Avenue with the Heavy Table team, who recently completed their "Green Line Checklist" blog series exploring the restaurants, shops and food trucks of the light rail corridor. On this happy hour tour, explore the Little Mekong neighborhood, including stops at Lao Thai, Thai Garden and Mai Village. 
 
This tour is for ages 21 and up, including one beverage. Tour starts at Mai Village, 394 University Avenue W., St. Paul, and includes some stairs and up to two miles of walking on uneven terrain. Presented in partnership with the Heavy Table and the Asian Economic Development Association.