Minnesota History Center

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  • Fees: $11 adults, $9 seniors (65+) and college students, and $6 for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under and members admitted free. Museum admission is free Tuesdays, 5-8 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

Other Date Information

  • Tues 10-8, Wed–Sat 10-5, Sun 12–5. Open Mon holidays, 10-5 & Mon after Christmas. Closed New Year’s, Thanksgiving & Christmas days.

Attraction Attributes

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

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

    From family reunions to the nightclub scene, there is no one who documented the Twin Cities Black community like Charles Chamblis. Affectionately called “The Pictureman,” he had a passion for photography and a knack for being everywhere at the right time. View more than 60 images, alongside artifacts including suits worn by Prince and Jellybean Johnson in the movie Purple Rain.

  2. 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.

  3. Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s

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

    Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels.

    Beneath the nutty names of popular toys from the 1950s, 60s and 70s are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.

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