MN History Center

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


Tuesday: 10 am-8 pm 
Wednesday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: Noon-5 pm
Monday: Closed

Open Monday holidays year round, 10 am-5 pm
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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

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2018 Mar 22


Somalis + Minnesota

somali culture and history opens June 23, 2018.

Experience artifacts, photos, and stories of Somali history from baadiye to Mogadishu to life in Minnesota today.

woman telling story

Courtesy Somali Museum of Minnesota

See this new exhibit on Somali history and culture, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota, which houses a collection of more than 700 pieces and offers a wide range of educational programs about Somali traditional culture at the museum and throughout the region.

The new exhibit at the History Center will showcase Somali culture, from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community.

  • Visit an Aqal Soomaali — a reconstructed nomadic hut imported from Somalia.
  • Learn about Somalia's history through a rare collection of photographs and objects, brought to life through commentary by Somali historians now living in Minnesota.
  • Meet Somali Minnesotans from across the state through videos and interactive photo panels.

Exhibit Opening Celebration

On opening day, Saturday, June 23, celebrate with free admission to the museum, activities for the entire family, and a chance to meet friends and neighbors during a Sambusa Saturday while enjoying a sambusa and Somali tea. Opening day activities and free admission made possible by grants from the Knight Foundation and 3M. More about the June 23 opening celebration

Share Your History

You can be a part of this project. We are seeking objects and photos from the community to expand the MNHS permanent collection. Your contribution could also appear in this exhibit. If you have family photos, historical materials, or cultural artifacts to share, please fill out this form.

Somali Resources at MNHS

MNHS Somali Collections Items


Minnesota History Magazine article

Gale Family Library Resources


Minnesota History Center
Somali Museum of Minnesota