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Minnesota History Center

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Address: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Phone Number: 16512593000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 Must for Museum-goers

The exhibits are interesting and engaging. The tornado and plane crash simulators are an absolute blast. The staff is hit or miss. Some have a wealth of additional information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was hoping for a little more really. It does seem a little old and a bit tired. The tornado and plane crash simulations are OK but by no means amazing. I would not make a special visit to go here. However if you are going to go and you are not coming by car I would recommend catching the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits are interesting and engaging. The tornado and plane crash simulators are an absolute blast. The staff is hit or miss. Some have a wealth of additional information, while others have nearly none. An absolute must if you have kids. They will love all the interactive experiences.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure there is a better place to visit to get a flavor of current MN culture while also revisiting the history of this great land.

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MN, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting stop between the Cathedral and the Capitol. The showcase of MN History with permanent and special shows, a terrific bookstore, and delightful cafe. Very suitable for children and easy to get about. While this is the home of the Center, they actually have numerous sites through-out the State and Twin Cities Region.

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St. Paul, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the edge of downtown St. Paul, with a view of the State Capital building, is a great way to to get to know about Minnesota throughout the years. Plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits that make learning about life in Minnesota come alive for both adults and children. Enjoy a bite to eat in their cafe before or after... More 

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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to start researching family or property history. The staff are extremely helpful and the resources vast. I've also attended special exhibits from time to time and they do a great job with those, as well.

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Sacramento
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On Tuesdays in the Summer, the Museum has live music, with free admission from 3pm - 8pm. We chose the Scandinavian Music Night. It was quite enjoyable - even though they had to move it into the indoor auditorium, due to threatening weather. In the rest of the Museum we enjoyed the "Tornado Basement" and thought it was realistic. Otherwise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking for old newspaper articles. I was amazed that four hours went so quick. Very quiet, just what I needed.

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum, fabulous archives, excellent gift shop (I often Christmas shop here), wonderful cafe. This is a must stop for natives and visitors.

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no doubt this museum curator is a genius. For someone who frequents museums in many places in the world, I find this one refreshingly different because you are expected to interact and manipulate everything to learn. This isn't just a great teaching tool for youngsters, but all ages benefit from the fun of doing, rather than reading about... More 

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