From past to present, many “Wow!” moments have shaped this great state. Come learn about them in the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society!
Explore Minnesota’s history in the prairies, forests and cities, interacting with the people and animals who have made their homes here. On your journey, you will:
- Ride a Twin Cities streetcar and peek out the windows as different times and places go by.
- Descend underground into an Iron Range mine and drill the ore.
- Learn about the story of Rondo, a thriving St. Paul African American community torn apart by I-94.
- Sit in a modern tipi and learn about Dakota history and culture through Bobby Wilson’s poetry and visual art.
- Visit a pioneer family and imagine what life was like in an 1870s sod house.
- Hitch a ride on a Soo Line boxcar through Southwestern Minnesota and learn about the history of the area through original music by Charlie Parr.
- Learn about the fur trade from the perspective of its main commodity, the beaver.
- See the emergency exit door from the school bus involved in the I-35W bridge collapse signed by all the children and adults aboard the bus.
- Encounter more artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events.
While designed for school-aged children, this exhibit is perfect for everyone who wants to learn more about Minnesota!
Made possible by the Legacy Amendment through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Major support provided by Target, the 3M Foundation, the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support from the BNSF Foundation, Rosemary and David Good Family Foundation, Grotto Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation, Dr. William F. and Hella Mears Hueg, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation and the George W. Wells, Jr., and Mary Cobb Wells Exhibition Fund.