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“History through interaction...don't miss the history of the house and Minnesota's greatest generation.”

Minnesota History Center
Ranked #5 of 130 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 June 28, 2014

The building is a work of art with great views of the capital building. The exhibits speak to the baby boomers and their families (toys of the 40's-50's-60's), a house through many immigrants with their stories and a great WWII exhibit. Worth the time and money. Don't miss it.
Cafeteria has great gourmet sandwiches and soups.

Thank skiNebraska
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"greatest generation"
in 54 reviews
"research library"
in 9 reviews
"weather permitting"
in 11 reviews
"tornado exhibit"
in 7 reviews
"all ages"
in 46 reviews
"walls could talk"
in 11 reviews
"open house"
in 12 reviews
"nice gift"
in 5 reviews
"sod house"
in 5 reviews
"civil war"
in 15 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
in 9 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 16 reviews
"excellent museum"
in 6 reviews
"special exhibits"
in 18 reviews
"exhibits change"
in 6 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 13 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 17 reviews

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is great museum for kids to interact with exhibits teaching about different parts of Minnesota and US history.

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Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This is one of the best museums of its type that I've ever visited. Lots of interactive exhibits that my 8 year old son loved. He especially loved the mining exhibit where he could drop explosives into holes and then blow it up. The greatest generation exhibit was great, as was the toy exhibit. Nice views of both the capital building and the cathedral as well. One of the previous reviewers stated that it was next to the capital building. This is not correct, but it is almost next to the cathedral. This museum is free on Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm, although it is well worth paying for. Highly recommended.

2  Thank 2112trader
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

This museum is incredible! It is comprehensive, interactive and a lot of fun. It has interesting things for all ages. The museum presents information in such creative ways. For example, in an exhibit about a home in Minnesota, you turn the sausage maker and information is printed on each sausage that comes out. You can "dissect" a buffalo, scan the body parts and find out how these were used by Native Americans. You can participate in a tornado simulator. I was beyond impressed. I am from out of state, but can truly say that I was captivated and learned a great deal. The only down side was the cafe in the museum. We went for a late lunch and they had closed already. The server that waited on us was annoyed with us for coming in late and wasn't very helpful. We pieced together food of some sort, and while we were sitting eating our fruit and chips, a ton of other people came in for food as well. They need to make their food options available beyond the noon lunch hour. They missed a great deal of opportunity to make money.

2  Thank scarf00t
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have been planning to visit the Museum for some time and finally got the chance! I must say it was everything and more than I had expected. This museum has something for everyone and certainly has some of the most impressive artivacts anywhere. From the Civil War to the display of the TV show "Gunsmoke" it is a fantastic experience. This is one museum you could spend many hours enjoying. One of my favorites in the WWII display, excellent! They also have a very nice museum shop with all kinds of collection items. I would highly recommend this, make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy!

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