MN History Center

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




$11 adults
$9 seniors (65+)
$9 college students (valid ID)
$9 active military (valid ID)
$6 children ages 6-17
Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.
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Exhibit Hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
12 to 5 p.m. Sun.;
Closed Mon. (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
Closed Sun. and Mon.
Library Holiday Hours


2014 Apr 24

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Seniors in Mind

This popular weekday series returns for a new season of music, photography and lectures on a wide variety of Minnesota history and culture topics.

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted)
  • Location: Minnesota History Center
  • Tickets: Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015. $2 per person non-refundable reservation fee guarantees a seat and supports the program. (Does not include $9 senior admission to museum galleries). Space is limited.
  • Programs include a 10% discount at the History Center's Museum Stores. Cafe Minnesota will be open for lunch following each program.


Funded with gifts in memory of Marney Brooks. 


Upcoming Seniors in Mind Events

Behind-the Scenes with Working Boys Band featuring History Theatre cast members and playwright Dominic Orlando

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 10:30am

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

In a world before child labor laws, many young people worked in factories to help their families get by. One visionary educator, Professor C.C. Heintzman, saw music as a way to bring structure and meaning into the lives of those rough-and-tumble children by forming the Working Boys Band in 1918. Learn how the band became a Twin Cities institution with playwright Dominic Orlando and cast members from St. Paul’s History Theatre as they share this fascinating true story illustrated with samples of the original music from the show. 

John Howe: The Pencil in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hand with Jane King Hession

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 10:30am
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
For nearly three decades, John Howe was Frank Lloyd Wright’s chief draftsman and the person who created many of the most famous drawings to emanate from the Taliesin studio. In addition to being one of the 20th Century’s finest architectural renderers, Howe also was a noted architect who practiced in Minnesota for twenty-five years. This illustrated talk will consider Howe’s architecture and artistry. Jane King Hession is co-author (with Tim Quigley) of the upcoming book The Land is the Beginning: The Architectural Life of John H. Howe, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press in spring 2015.

Toys Are Us: Memories and History with MNHS Exhibit Curator Kate Roberts

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:30am
Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Hot Wheels. Atari. There’s something about an old toy that brings back memories. MNHS senior exhibit developer and author Kate Roberts, who developed the Minnesota Historical Society’s national traveling exhibit, "Toys of the ’50s, ‘60s and ‘70s," places memorable toys in their historical context while examining their impact on kids and the larger community. Roberts will share firsthand stories from adults who revered these toys as kids, as well as insights gleaned from primary sources, toy experts, and collectors. If you happen to have a favorite toy from your childhood, bring it along and share a story at the conclusion of the program.

1864: An Election Like No Other

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 10:30am
Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
By the fall of 1864, peace and abolition were watchwords and the outcome of the Civil War hinged as much on ballot box as the battlefield.  Step back in time as we re-imagine the music, media and mayhem of this decisive national election as well as the long shadow cast, closer to home, by the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Special guests include Randal Dietrich, MNHS Civil War Specialist; Mark Ritchie, MN Secretary of State; Jayne Becker, Ramsey House Site Manager; and Civil War era music with The New Pearl Buttons.