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!)
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