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 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


  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $10 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free Tuesdays 3-8 pm
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members
  • Museums on Us: One free admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders the first full weekend of every month. Bring your card and picture ID.
  • Free to visit the library



2016 Jun 28


Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair


On view May 23–August 16, 2015

Organized by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, this exhibit features 40 ensembles significant to late 20th and early 21st century fashion including stunning gowns, feathered coats, and statement designs. Archival photographs and video help to re-create the one-of-a-kind experience of attending the Ebony Fashion Fair.

Inspiring Beauty offers an unprecedented chance for visitors who never attended the show and event regulars to experience the beauty, glamour, and excitement of the show first-hand.

The Local Angle

The Ebony Fashion Fair came to the Twin Cities many years, and was hosted by several organizations, including local chapters of the UNCF Alumni Council, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Limited Thirty.

Explore the Exhibit

Select Gowns on Display

B. Michael, 2007. Photo courtesy Chicago History Museum.Christian Lacroix, 1987-88. Photo courtesy Chicago History Museum.Patrick Kelly, 1986. Photo courtesy Chicago History Museum.Stephen Burrows, 2007. Photo courtesy Chicago History Museum.


Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair was developed by the Chicago History Museum in cooperation with Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, presented by the Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Special thanks to Vicky Davis, Phyllis Goff, Peggy Mezile, Wenda Moore, Aretha Rupert-Green and Lisa Tittle for sharing their stories and memories of Ebony Fashion Fair.