Attraction Spotlight: Minnesota History Center

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 10:26am.

The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul is an interactive museum for the whole family. It shares it’s building with the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives. They have permanent exhibits and changing exhibits inside. Many people visit for the concerts, family days, special events and lectures. Here is what makes the Minnesota History Center so popular.

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What to See

The museum offers a variety of exhibits, daily activities, special events, family fun and access to the library.

Right now you can enjoy the special exhibit showing toys of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s until January 4th, 2015. Ongoing exhibits include “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation,” “Sight, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis” and “Death has a Permit: Jose Guadalupe Posada.”

You can also enjoy family-friendly daily activities including:

  • History Players – a chance to meet and hear the stories of local history makers
  • History HiJinx – families can make crafts together
  • Museum Theater – a place to enjoy plays and performances
  • History a la Cart – stations in the exhibits to see artifacts, photographs and objects closer

You can even enjoy performances like The Big Wow Family Variety Show, which is a 90-minute variety show featuring multi-generational and multi-cultural artists. In December you can see Kwanzaa which usually includes storytelling, African-inspired fashion show and West African drumming.

Hours

The hours of the museum are:

  • Tuesdays 10am-8pm
  • Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm
  • Sunday from no one to 5pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Location

The museum is located at 345 W. Kellogg Blvd in St. Paul.

Cost

The museum costs $11 for adult admission. It’s only $9 for seniors, college students and active military. Kids are $6 or free if under 6 years old.

Come experience the Minnesota History Center that’s been around since 1849 and has become one of the largest and most significant historical societies in the country. It’s had a huge impact on the state’s historic preservation, tourism and education with their award-winning exhibitions. 

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