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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. We will NOT be open Mon., 10/13.)
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 Sep 30

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Upcoming Events & Programs

Thu, Oct 9 2014 Throwback Thursday
***The program has been cancelled.***Revisit your childhood during this evening event. Challenge other party-goers to old-school hula hoop contests, Hippity-Hop races and rounds of Mystery Date or Battleship. Lip-synch to hits from the '50s, '60s...
Tue, Oct 14 2014 History Lounge: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Minnesota
The Ku Klux Klan was active throughout the country with Minnesotans organizing 51 chapters of the KKK throughout the state. Minnesota Klan members played town ball, served as church deacons, ran local businesses and were elected to political office...
Thu, Oct 16 2014 History HiJinx: Education Minnesota Family Days
Spend school release days with the Minnesota History Center. Explore the new exhibit Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, then stop by the History HiJinx craft tables from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to create a toy to take home.
Sat, Oct 18 2014 History Forum: A Storm of Witches
Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. The resulting Salem Witch Trials persist as one of the most mysterious and fascinating events in...
Sun, Oct 26 2014 Dia de Los Muertos: Day of the Dead
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important holiday where connections to ancestors are strengthened and a rich cultural heritage is passed on to future generations. The History Center's annual family day program includes music, folk dancing...
Sun, Nov 2 2014 Death has a Permit: Jose Guadalupe Posada
View a display of 38 reproduction prints by the Mexican artist, illustrator and engraver Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). Born of humble origins in the city of Aguascalientes, he completed an estimated 15,000 different ephemeral prints that...
Thu, Nov 6 2014 Toys and Tunes with Dan Chouinard and Friends
Take a break from your grown up responsibilites as Dan Chouinard and friends, including Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Dane Stauffer and Beth Gilleland, transport you back to a time of Saturday morning cartoons, footie PJs and endless daydreams...
Fri, Nov 7 2014 Holiday Toy Drive
Bring the joy of the holidays to a child. Donate a toy and you'll receive one free admission to the Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s exhibit at the Minnesota History Center or one admission voucher at Creative Kidstuff. You'll also get a voucher for...
Sat, Nov 8 2014 History Forum: Founding Rivalry: Hamilton and Jefferson...
In the 1790s, often called the "age of passion," rival factions battled over the course of the new republic. In this debate, no two figures loomed larger than Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, men whose visions for the U.S. were diametrically...
Sat, Nov 8 2014 Sample Saturdays
Todays brewers and distillers draw on fresh ingredients and rich traditions to make tasty beers and beverages for the modern Minnesotan palate. Take a break in Cafe Minnesota and sample an adult beverage or a tasty locally made soda and chat with an...
Sun, Nov 9 2014 Dave Ray, A Legacy: CD Release Concert and Celebration
Join in a musical celebration and tribute to the late Dave Ray, one of the great and unsung masters of the American blues revival. Musical artists include some who performed with Dave during his four-decade career and others who were influenced by...
Tue, Nov 11 2014 History Lounge: Kidnapping Mrs. Piper
True crime writer William Swanson will explore the sensational kidnapping of Virginia Piper who was abducted at gun-point from her lakeside home in Orono on a July afternoon in 1972. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, an anonymous caller...
Tue, Nov 11 2014 Seniors in Mind: 1864: An Election Like No Other
By the fall of 1864 the outcome of the Civil War hinged as much on the ballot box as the battlefield. Re-imagine the music, media and mayhem of that decisive national election as well as the long shadow cast by the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Special...
Wed, Nov 12 2014 Split Rock Lighthouse Film and Discussion
Join members of the Women's Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society for a viewing and discussion of the new film being shown at the Split Rock Lighthouse visitor center. For this special program, the film will be shown at the Minnesota...
Thu, Nov 13 2014 Give to the Max Day - Minnesota's History of Giving...
We have a long history of supporting charitable causes here in Minnesota! Please support organizations that matter to you for the sixth annual Give to the Max Day, Nov. 13.Consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to support the Minnesota...
Fri, Nov 28 2014 History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
For centuries scientists and artists, such as Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci, made sketches and models of movable figures. In the years following World War II, space travel and technology drove the popularity of robots, with comic book and...
Sat, Nov 29 2014 Family Playdate!
Visit the History Center over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to view vintage robots in the new History Center exhibit, Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s and then cut, color and add a dash of flash, to create your own paper and wire contraption. Plus,...
Sat, Dec 6 2014 History Forum: The Bitter Elections
The election of 1824 featured two iconic candidates and ended in a contested result and accusations of crooked backroom deals. The election pitted New England statesman John Quincy Adams against popular Western war hero Andrew Jackson. Jackson won...
Sat, Dec 13 2014 Teen Toy Takeover! Toys Past and Toys Future
The Teen Advisory Council presents a day of retro and futuristic fun. Enjoy toys from the past in our new exhibit and demonstrations of toys of the future created by kids and adults. Think youve got what it takes to be the next toy innovator? Try...
Tue, Dec 16 2014 History Lounge: My Grandfathers Knocking Sticks
Ojibwe historian Brenda Child will share the stories of daily work, family life and culture on the Red Lake Reservation between World War I and the Depression. She will explore the challenges faced by the first generation to have grown up on a...