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Minnesota History Center

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Address: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number:
+1 651-296-6126
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the...

An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics.

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One of the best state historic centers in America

The MNHS flagship museum sets the standard for presenting a sense of place in terms of history. They have programming & pleasing people of all ages down to a science. From the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jay M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The MNHS flagship museum sets the standard for presenting a sense of place in terms of history. They have programming & pleasing people of all ages down to a science. From the docents & volunteers to the exhibit developers and event coordinators, this museum is on top of its game. Come see for yourself how the history center trains not... More 

Thank Jay M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We needed more time here and will return to see what we couldn't. We learned a lot and were impressed by the presentation. Loved the house exhibit as a creative way to learn about the history and diversity of Minnesota. We appreciated the frank presentation of the good and bad parts of the story. There is a lot of creative,... More 

1 Thank bertha1223
Kalispell, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an Amazing exhibit! I am a huge football fan and the display they have is incredible. I was even able to try my skills as a quarterback and kicker. I learned some very interesting new information. The rest of the museum is great as well with fun and educational items for all ages

1 Thank djlovejones
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here to see the NFL football display. We took teenage boys. Was full of football memorabilia and information on the start of football to current NFL. The boys tried on helmets and had fun picture opportunities. The other displays were interactive and the entire family enjoyed walking around. Cost was 6.00 to park and 20.00 for adults and... More 

2 Thank JulieBandSteveB
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

A lifelong Minnesotan, I had never been here until several years ago when I went with my daughter. To my surprise, she absolutely loved it. Following our experience here we started to explore the other 20+ sites maintained by the Minnesota Historical Society. I highly recommend getting a membership which costs about $100 for a family and provides free or... More 

1 Thank EngelkingCGMN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

My trip here was a wonderful experience, the variety of displays and exhibits is great and I love how so many are interactive/visual.

Thank Deborah M
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

An accessible and informative, family-friendly, history museum with lots of beautiful spacious galleries and interactive exhibits. Very friendly staff too!

1 Thank Ray Q
Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a great museum for history buffs, kids, families, and everyone else too. Something for everyone. I could stare at the airplane that hangs in one of the galleries for hours.

1 Thank Mike K
Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This place is a good place to visit, History in all its formats come to life here. My particular fasvorites are the tornado shelter and the C47 ride. Local history is not forgotten, this place is well worth a visit and the restaurant is good too, as is the museum store.

1 Thank lamaryder
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

I had never been to this museum before. We went while the Football Hall of Fame exhibit was there. We enjoyed the football history and trying the footballs, helmets and pads out. As for the other exhibits I was really impressed with how interactive they were. My favorite was the tornado experience movie and the paratroopers experience movie. Both of... More 

1 Thank Alyssa M

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