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The Minnesota Historical Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. The Minnesota Historical Society operates the following historic sites and museums:

  • Alexander Ramsey House offers a glimpse into family and servant life in the 1870s. 
    • Location: 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul, MN 55102
    • Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members. Different fees apply for special events.
    • Ages: All ages
  • The Minnesota History Center is home to the Minnesota Historical Society's vast collections. Within its archives reside artifacts ranging from Civil War-era flags to Prince's suit from Purple Rain. There are photos, letters, maps and a wealth of genealogical information—and all of it is accessible today and for future generations. 
    • Location: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.; St. Paul, MN 55102
    • Admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $9 college students (valid ID), $6 children ages 6-17, Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. 
    • Ages: Ages 6 and up
  • Historic Fort Snelling is a great place to learn about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,and much more!
    • Location: 200 Tower Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55111
    • Admission: $11 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $9 college students (valid ID), $6 children ages 6-17, Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    • Ages: All ages
  • James J. Hill House - Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion. Completed in 1891, the red sandstone residence was the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family.
    • Location: 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
    • Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    • Ages: All ages
  • Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.
    • Location: 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102
    • Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    • Ages: All ages
  • Minnesota State Capitol - Visitors hear stories about the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, weather permitting, walk to the quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol.
    • Location: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul MN 55155
    • Admission: Hourly guided tours are free with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
    • Ages: All ages
  • Sibley House Historic Site is nestled in a picturesque setting where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers meet. The house evolved during Sibley's 20-some years there, as the isolated Mendota trading post became part of a bustling territory.
    • Location: 1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota, MN 55150
    • Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
    • Ages: All ages