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“Don't skip this museum when you come to St. Paul- Really!”

Minnesota History Center
Ranked #5 of 128 things to do in Saint Paul
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 28, 2014

There are other museums in St. Paul that get much more attention than the Minnesota History Center. However, in experience and value, you cannot beat the History Center. We visited the History Center for the first time this fall and were fortunate to go while the Prohibition exhibit was up, which was phenomenal. Even without the Prohibition there are many hidden gems buried deep in the Center that everyone (Minnesota natives as well as visitors from other regions of the nation) should experience.

My must see list within the History Center-
Within Greatest Generation- The Soda Fountain area- make sure the adults read the stories in the menus, and the kids can make pretend sundaes at the soda fountain; all ages will enjoy the multi-media presentation about the experience of a para trooper; any 1950's decorating fans will enjoy the suburban home interior decorating

If These Wall Could Talk- the experience of going through a real old home in St. Paul, and the many families that lived in it as a single family home, duplex, and triplex over 100 years of MN immigrants is incredible- and of course friendly for kids with many things to touch and experience.

Then, Now, Wow- the best part of the museum for kids- go in the naasogaan (teepee); take apart the buffalo insides; and don't skip the back where the mine from the Iron Range is!

Weather- Everyone should watch the Tornado multi-media presentation, anyone who has experienced MN tornado warnings will appreciate.

Don't forget when you join the History Center, you can visit any MN Historical Society sites around MN- may be the greatest value in attractions anywhere. (If you can, book your James J Hill house tour the same weekend or neighboring day- free if you join and not to be missed!)

2  Thank Andy M
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"research library"
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"weather permitting"
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"tornado exhibit"
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"all ages"
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"open house"
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"lots of interactive exhibits"
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"civil war"
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"excellent exhibits"
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"great museum"
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"different eras"
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were recently here for an event and were able to see some of the exhibits. This is a wonderful place to have a reception and it is great wondering through some of the history on display.

Thank 2Travel-4funNow
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

My husband and I visited the MN History Center to see the Prohibition Exhibit.. It was so worth it and done extremely well. We spent about 2 hours in that part alone and then another couple hours in other arts of the History Center. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful place to learn about our history and heritage in St Paul.. We renewed our membership and plan to be back often.

Thank cmc1960
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Located right next to the State Capitol you can get a two-fer and spend a whole day in both.

This is a very personal museum which focuses on Minnesotans and their place in the US. I enjoyed it very much.

Most moving was the simulator plane were you can experience a wartime moment.

Thank ThePackedBag
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

This place is a terrific history museum a stone's throw from the capitol building. When we lived in St. Paul many years ago, I recall visiting this museum and thinking how well done it was and how superior it was to other museums like it. It was clear that the Minnesota Historical Society was one of the more serious organizations of its kind in the country. This beautiful museum is a credit to their dedication. On a return visit not too long ago, it was still evident to me that they continued their fine tradition of hard work to keep this museum one that is world class with wonderful exhibits. It is especially good for the kids but there is definitely something there for all ages.

Thank Debbie K
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