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Minnesota History Center

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

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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Very informative - well worth a visit

On arrival we were met by one of the volunteers who was extremely helpful and knowledgable. We visited on Wednesday It cost $10.00 each, but on Tuesday afternoons it's free so if... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robert H
Dronfield, United Kingdom
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

On arrival we were met by one of the volunteers who was extremely helpful and knowledgable. We visited on Wednesday It cost $10.00 each, but on Tuesday afternoons it's free so if on a budget that's the best time to go.. They have a very nice food market (Cafe) when you go in. The food smelt delicious, and it was.... More 

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Marietta, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a 6th grade class trip. Very nice place great information for the kids and adults. Wish we could have had more time, but what we saw was great. The kids got to learn about Minnesota role in the Civil War. Lots to see plan to stay for awhile so you can enjoy all of it.

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Longboat Key, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It takes two visits to see all that's offered in the WW1 exhibit. It explained a lot we didn't know about the US entry into the war. In addition, there are at least three other permanent exhibits that are very interesting. We liked especially the "Greatest Generation" room. Also, they have a great library if you want to do research.... More 

Minnetonka, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning. Very well done. Could have spent another 2 hours taking everything in. If you're on a budget, visit on Tuesdays when entry is free.

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Amery, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My adult son and I visited on a Friday in April. I would recommend allowing at least 2 hours for this exhibit alone, and there are many other worthwhile exhibits to enjoy here. I am a retired teacher, and I learned plenty of new things about WWI. Especially interesting were the displays related to what was happening in Minnesota during... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only went there to see the Prince stuff. It's a small display but he was small so it's only fitting. :) Gift store is also pretty cool Friendly staff Not the easiest place to get to off of the train. Should be signs at the train station to make sure you are going in the right direction.

Thank Dancer W
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went to see "WWI America"" exhibit which is excellent. So much information about the times of 1917: WWI, the draft, people's reaction to the times, immigration, women getting to vote, the 1918 flu; lots of displays to see and on and on. Have been at the History Center many times in the past and never disappointed. They have the "Then... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

I have taken children, refugees, relatives (Americans), exchange students and friends here and there is something interesting for everyone. Sometimes, I am surprised by what people are fascinated by. The refugees from Asia were interested in the animal furs traded by fur traders in the 1500's as well as the history of a house that had seen generations of immigrants.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Excellent Choice of a museum. Easy access on and off highway. Parking available. Highly recommended to everyone. Learn everything about Minnesota, you might be surprised how rich the history is.

Thank Shelley R
Saint Paul, MN
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

The Minnesota History Center offers a fantastic overview of, well, Minnesota history. It is particularly awesome for kids as there are LOTS of hands on activities!

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