Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul: Hours, Address, Minnesota History Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Minnesota History Center
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: Downtown
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HaveSuitcaseWillTrvl
Illinois204 contributions
Oct 2021
The Gale Family Library and staff are excellent! We worked in the research center and had lunch at the on-site bistro. While we did need to make research appointments in advance, we were able to do so online. Be prepared to leave coats and bags in individual provided secure lockers and wear a face mask. The staff are knowledgeable, courteous and very willing to assist with even the smallest question. A wonderful treasure in St Paul.
Written October 12, 2021
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,443 contributions
Aug 2021
For an insight into Minnesota life and history, this museum can't be beat. It is well curated though some of the exhibits fall flat to those who are not from the area.
Written August 15, 2021
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Alfonso W
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Loved my visit! I enjoyed the exhibits and thought it was lovely. The coal mine exhibit was interesting especially. Definitely would return another time!!
Written August 15, 2021
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Mimiinthecity0407
Richfield, MN341 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
My friend and I went back to the Minnesota History Center to see the Sinclair Lewis “100 years of Mainstreet” exhibit. It’s very informative and for a $10 admission fee worthwhile and of course includes the other exhibits, The Greatest Generation, Extraordinary Women and Our Home: Native Minnesota.
Written May 18, 2021
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Rich0101
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Both the special and permanent exhibits were extremely well done and interesting. Extraordinary Women was filled with great information and insight on some truly remarkable women. We highly recommend it.
Written April 1, 2021
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI2,368 contributions
Oct 2020
After wanting to visit this place for years, I finally had time and I wasn't disappointed.

This beautiful well-designed building is a short walk between St.Paul Cathedral and the Capitol.

I thought all the exhibits were well done and museum staff would take names for some attractions so you didn't need to wait in line because reduced capacity due to COVID mandates.

It took us three hours to see the exhibits of the third floor.

Music lovers will love the temporary exhibit on the Minneapolis music scene told though the history of First Avenue and Prince. It runs until January 3.

I loved it.
Written October 22, 2020
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN5,502 contributions
Oct 2020
This center contains several permanent exhibits as well as some temporary exhibits, so you will see something new on each visit.

The building itself is gorgeous with incredible views of the state capitol as wells as downtown St. Paul. The exhibits are interactive, hands-on, and staffed by extremely helpful staff members that are available to add to your experiences.

There are numerous actions being taken to protect museum visitors from COVID-19. Hand sanitizer is available in every exhibit, visitors are encouraged to move through the museum in such a way to distance from other visitors, and daily admission is timed and rationed in such a way that the museum is not crowded.
Written October 4, 2020
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mongobud
Greenville, ME105 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
This museum was awesome. Exhibits included one about Prince, Minnesota’s greatest generation / WW II, and Then Now Wow. Folks there were so helpful and informative about their exhibits. A great place to visit with or without kids. A hidden gem. Admission was $12 and parking was $6.
Written March 12, 2020
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Minnesota Traveler
Chanhassen, MN1,819 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The Minnesota History Center is very well put together and gives a unique hands on interactive walk through time covering off different eras and important historical aspects of Minnesota. This is a must for kids and adults.
Written March 1, 2020
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hborrm2264
Saint Paul, MN24 contributions
Dec 2019
This is one of the best history museums for the money anywhere I have been. Some permanent exhibits but lots of exhibits rotate so there is always something new and interesting. Excellent cafe too.
Written February 4, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM