MN History Center

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


Tue 10 am-8 pm 
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm 
Closed Monday (Open 10 am-5 pm Monday holidays year round)
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Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Free Admission



2017 Dec 13


The First Avenue Exhibit

Entrance and sign of First Avenue music venue

Opens April 2019 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul

Since 1970, First Avenue and 7th Street Entry have been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. The First Avenue Exhibit takes you inside the scenes, sounds, and stories of a landmark club that put Minneapolis music on the map. Celebrate the musicians, the employees, and the regulars who called First Ave their rock ‘n’ roll home. And through the lens of music, discover how First Avenue, its staff, and the Minneapolis music scene have changed over five decades.

Book cover of First Avenue

The First Avenue Book

First Avenue: Minnesota's Mainroom
Chris Riemenscheider

Where Prince and Minnesota made rock ’n’ roll history—a glorious look back at one of rock’s most storied clubs and the thousands of musicians who took the stage there.