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Minnesota History Center

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Address: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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+1 651-296-6126
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 20:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Great Place for Families

There are so many great things to entertain young minds. The mine, soda shop, airplane, boxcar, teepee and fur trade exhibits are all interactive and informational. Grainland is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lynne E
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Cottage Grove
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are so many great things to entertain young minds. The mine, soda shop, airplane, boxcar, teepee and fur trade exhibits are all interactive and informational. Grainland is so much fun for young ones and a great area to burn off excess energy. The tornado exhibit is geared toward older children as it is quite realistic. At the time they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time here. Our children loved it and enjoyed all of the learning! This place is so clean and very well taken care of. The staff is great! I highly suggest paying the yearly membership. It will pay for itself. Also you will get into other historical places by being a member.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many good exhibits. One of my favorite was one that followed a specific home over many years, recounting the people who lived there and the lives they lived, where they worked, who they associated with and the changes in the neighborhood.

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Thank Patrick H
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Building holds everything from battle flags won during the Civil War, to Princes Purple Rain Jacket, to moon rocks brought back by the Apollo Missions. The building itself showcases the most expensive window in all of Minnesota. The window is on the second floor and specially cut to do an optical illusion of the State Capitol. I'll explain. Most... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Minnesota history is only part of the show.The History Center is a beautiful building, easy accessed and in an important St Paul setting, with the Capitol on one side and the St Paul Cathedral on the other. Good starting point for a walk up Summit Avenue with its impressive Victorian and Edwardian era homes, with great cafes and pubs just... More 

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Thank Libby S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Brought our family with our son and his grandparents. Many hands on activities and photo opportunities. We have been impressed with the whole group of MN historical sites actually. I've also used the MN History Center's online digital database that includes the Rondo Neighborhood Oral History Project.

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Thank Emilie F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have seen several exhibits on Minnesota history. They amaze me with facts that I didn't know before -- that I should have known!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

For kids of all ages, there is something to see and learn here. My 8 year old granddaughter loved going through a house where room by room you learned of the families who lived there since the late 1800s. She loved turning the meat grinder and "making"sausage." Elsewhere, we donned hard hats and toured the "underground" mine and pretended to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I wasn't too sure about going but once there it was an excellent museum! Interactive and the Now and Then exhibit will take some of the older guests back. Wonderful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

We have visited the MN History Center for years, starting when the kids were little and very interested in history. Now that they are older we still love to visit and learn more. They have a great kids area for kids and adults alike with lots of hands on things-which is always fun for kids!

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