MN History Center

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


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2017 Dec 13


Somalis + Minnesota

somali culture and history

Opens June 23, 2018 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul

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

A new exhibit on Somali history and culture is being 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.

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