Minnesota History Center

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  • Fees: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, and $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Museum admission is free Tuesdays, 3-8 p.m. Library use is free to the public.

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  • 345 Kellogg Blvd. W in St. Paul. One block NE of the Cathedral of St. Paul at Kellogg and John Ireland Blvds. On-site parking ($5). GPS: 44.9482,-93.1054

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  • Open Tues 10 am -8 pm, Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun noon–5 pm. Open Monday holidays year-round.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. "WW1 America" Exhibit

    "WW1 America" Exhibit

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    The World War I era—1914 to 1919—was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart.

    This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America's involvement in WW1. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history.

  2. 9 Nights of Music

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    9 Nights of Music is offered every Tuesday in July and August. Tapestry Folkdance Center provides dance instruction starting at 6:30 pm. Live music starts at 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic or purchase food from the Café Minnesota terrace grill. Come early and take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 5 to 8 pm.
    9 Nights of Music is presented by Xcel Energy with additional support provided by MPR and Tapestry Folkdance Center.

    Concert Lineup:
    7/4 – Salsa del Soul, Latin American
    7/11 – Bassface, Motown, funk and classic rock
    7/18 – Karibuni, Central East African
    7/25 – The High 48s, bluegrass
    8/1 – Dan Chouinard & Friends with Maria Jette, razzmatazz, ragtime and WWI American standards
    8/8 – The Dweebs, ultimate party rock
    8/15 – Rockin’ Pinecones, New Orleans-style R&B, Canjun and Zydeco
    8/22 – Orkestar Bez Ime, Balkan party music
    8/29 – Boiled in Lead, Celtic and world roots

  3. Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour

    Bars, Bootleggers & Booze Bus Tour

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    Meet some of the newest distillers in the Twin Cities and learn about Minnesota's complicated relationship with booze. Stops include 11 Wells distillery, the restored Commodore Bar & Restaurant and Du Nord Cocktail Room. Samples included.

    This tour is for ages 21 and up and includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven surfaces.

  4. High Bridge Station Riverfront Tour

    155 Randolph Avenue
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    A street-level tour of Minnesota's capital city highlighting the natural and human forces that shaped it long ago and today. This tour features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Xcel High Bridge Generating Station, and a walk along the Mississippi, tracing the city's origins as a shipping hub that is still powered by the river. A stop for refreshments at the new Red River Kitchen is included.

  5. Hmong American Day Celebration

    Hmong American Day Celebration

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    Hmong American Day honors the contributions of the Hmong people to America and celebrates the history, culture and achievements they have made. This event was created in 2013 to remember the day that General Vang Pao, along with 2,500 Hmong soldiers and families, were evacuated from Laos and made the United States—and Minnesota—home. Activities include a welcome program, music, dance, games, art activities, a meet-and-greet with Hmong businesses and organizations and the "We Are Hmong Minnesota" pop-up exhibit.

  6. National Donut Day at the History Center

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    On National Donut Day, enjoy free donuts, live music and costumed reenactors and the History Center's "WW1 America" exhibit. During World War I, members of the Salvation Army (dubbed Donut Girls or Lassies) provided a priceless taste of home, warm donuts, to homesick servicemen on the front lines in France. This event was created in partnership with the local Salvation Army.

  7. Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race, and a Nation on Stage

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    Since 1976, Penumbra Theatre has ignited dialogue and social action in the Twin Cities and beyond by presenting original, compelling works grounded in the history of African American artistic expression and social justice. This exhibit explores the history of this storied theatre, from before there was a Penumbra, to the founding years during the Black Arts Movement, to the international recognition it has today. Told through the voices of actors, directors, playwrights, community members, audience goers and critics, this exhibit will feature artifacts, multimedia and performance, and is appropriate for all ages.

    Exhibit opening February 18th 10am - 5pm.

  8. Queer St. Paul Walking Tour

    Queer St. Paul Walking Tour

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    Discover St. Paul's often overlooked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer past on this tour curated by Stewart Van Cleve, author of "Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota." Walk in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and Oscar Wilde; stand on the site of the city's earliest known gay bar; find out where two transgender pioneers made history simply by seeing a movie and which building has housed seven queer bars and a bathhouse annex since 1977.

    This tour includes about two hours of moderately paced walking on uneven terrain.

  9. Rondo Community Bus Tour

    Rondo Community Bus Tour

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    St. Paul's African American community centered around Rondo Avenue until it was displaced by Interstate 94 in the 1960s. Meet former Rondo residents and take a closer look at some of the places that preserve and continue Rondo's stories and spirit, including the LEX/Taste of Rondo Restaurant, Penumbra Theatre, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Golden Thyme Coffee & Cafe. Refreshments included.

    This tour is presented in partnership with Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, Penumbra Theatre and Rondo Avenue Inc.

  10. Sacred St. Paul Bus Tour

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    Churches, both the humble and the grand, demonstrate St. Paul's rich religious and ethnic history. Explore the art, architecture and unique stories of some of the capital city's most fascinating sacred spaces with professional photographer Doug Ohman, whose work is featured in the MNHS Press book "Churches of Minnesota."

  11. St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour

    St. Paul Brewing History Bus Tour

    910 Montreal Circle
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3015

    Seek out a new go-to brew and learn about St. Paul's hoppy past on this three-hour tour with samples, conversations and hidden gems along the way. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Schmidt Brewery Complex, now Schmidt Artist Lofts, with one of Schmidt's last brewmasters, Phil Gagne, as well as tours and tastings at Flat Earth Brewing and Summit Brewing.

    This tour is for ages 21 and up. Tour includes no more than two blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces.

  12. Then Now Wow

    Then Now Wow

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    There have been many "Wow!" moments in Minnesota history. Visitors to Then Now Wow will learn about these moments in the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society.

    Exhibit visitors will step inside a prairie sod house and explore what life was like for a pioneer family; board a Twin Cities streetcar and peek out the windows at different eras and locations; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar through Southwestern Minnesota; sit in a modern tipi to learn about Dakota history and culture; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events.

    "Then Now Wow," is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

  13. Wow! Family Sundays

    Wow! Family Sundays

    345 Kellogg Blvd W
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 259-3000
    Toll Free: (888) 727-8386

    On the last Sunday of each month, families can create WOW moments together by discovering the connections between old and new with activities, games, hands-on art projects and the chance to share stories with each other. Designed for ages 4 and up.

    January 29: Winter Then, Winter Now
    February 26: Valentines Then, Valentines Now
    March 26: Music Then, Music Now
    April 30: Hairstyles Then, Hairstyles Now
    May 28: Camping Then, Camping Now
    June 25: Biking Then, Biking Now
    July 30: Picnics Then, Picnics Now
    August 27: State Fair Then, State Fair Now
    September 24: Lunch Boxes Then, Lunch Boxes Now
    October 29: Apples Then, Apples Now
    November 26: Dancing Then, Dancing Now
    December 31: Holidays Then, Holidays Now

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