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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, including Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and  MNHS members.



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Thomas Lyles

Thomas Lyles

African American activist and entrepreneur

Thomas Lyles broke a number of barriers. Your group will learn about:

  • His work running businesses - a barbershop, funeral home and newspaper
  • St. Paul's African American community at the turn of the last century
  • His fight against racial discrimination
  • The migration of African Americans to Minnesota in the years following the Civil War


Thomas Lyles is available for the following programs:
History Player in the Classroom

History Player in the Museum


To request a visit by a History Player, fill out this online form. If you have questions, call 651-259-3412 or email HPIC@mnhs.org.


Thomas Lyles biography, related books, and additional resources