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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
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A true gem in the Twin Cities - Great for kids and adults alike

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
EngelkingCGMN
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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Thank Ray Q
Woodbury, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 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 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I went when they had the retro years; it was really neat to see the era I grew up in as a kid. Remembering the toys etc. and then sharing it with the younger generation. Loved the fact they change their themes and you have several auditoriums/rooms to go investigating and learning. Great café and well.

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Kearney, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Tuesday evening is free. Stayed in a downtown hotel and it was a nice quick evening activity. Beautiful building and it would be a great outing for children.

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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We have been going up to Minneapolis/St. Paul several times a year since my son started college in 2001 and every time we've driven by I have said this is the year we will visit the museum. I felt that it would be boring but this year while staying with my daughter I had time to do it. I was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Extraordinary approach to exhibits in that they appeal to both young and adult attendees. Very interactive and informative. Delivers a broad understanding of Minnesota history, past and current. Enjoyed the WWII paratrooper jump as seen and felt from inside a C-47. Parking: $6.00 Find a way to get to the museum without your car. Admission: $12.00...no break for seniors

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