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Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1903
651 296 6126
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Ranked #2 of 63 Attractions in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
Description: This museum makes ingenious use of its 44,000 square feet and two million items.
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Flint, mi
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783 reviews 783 reviews
159 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the "Toys of the 60s, 70s, and 80s" exhibit. My wife and I looked at all of the displays and many times said "I have that" or "I had a friend who had one of those". The Slinky spring toy which never did the "stair thing" correctly at my house worked just right on a staircase made... More

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Algonquin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

The Minnesota History Center is design to be easy to get around and back to a central location to go off to another wing. The exhibits are put together so as to be informative and also fun, such as a recreation of a 1950's ice cream parlor, where you can be a customer or be the soda jerk!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was very impressed with the History Center. I was greeted by a volunteer who greeted me. Everyone was great. I brought my 3 grandchildren and they had a wonderful time. There was something there for everyone. Because I was with 8 year olds I spent time with them exploring mines, toys, soda fountain, tornados and a plane ride. When... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Each of the exhibit halls provides and in-depth look at various "theme" areas, with variety to interest multiple generations. Rotating exhibits that come in from around the country are not to be missed.Check the website for the latest exhibit news.Terrific reference library with helpful staff allow you to explore the significant holdings of the Historical Society. Cafe serves very good... More

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Houston, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We just saw the new Toys of the 50s, 60s, and 70s exhibit. It was like reliving my childhood. The exhibits were cleverly laid out, with era-appropriate living rooms and TVs playing the commercials. The backyard tableau featuring a turkey on the grill and a game of Jarts gone wrong immediately took me back! Everything was well-displayed with plenty of... More

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Amherst, New Hampshire, United States
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282 reviews 282 reviews
75 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Easy to reach, parking is not a huge space. The History Center has a series of exhibits, some ongoing, with a few changing periodically. The Minnesota's Greatest Generation enables one to experience items from the time in such a way that you get a sense of WWII in St.Paul. Some exhibits are more hands on of course. For anyone who... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

I went here today with my kids and had a great time. There was a lot of sights to see...more than I expected and they were very well put together.The staff was very knowledgeable and the Toys exhibit was fantastic. My kids are already begging me to go back!

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Austin, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Lots of interactive exhibits and pretty good restaurant. Gift shop is good also. Get your Minnesota vacation started here for history of Minnesota, you betcha ya!

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Savage, Minnesota, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My friend and I went to the old toy exhibit. We loved the exhibit. We then toured the rest of the museum. I applaud the wonderful folk who volunteer at the Center. I loved the detail and care of each exhibit. This is a treasure in St. Paul. Every Minnesotan should go through this history preservation site. I will return... More

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Isanti
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We went on a Tuesday night for free. It would have been well worth the full admission price. Great displays from each decade of television.

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