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Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul

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The Minnesota History Center is a museum and library that serves as the headquarters of the Minnesota Historical Society. It is near downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is considered one of Minnesota's finest public buildings.
The History Center is on Kellogg Boulevard, between the Mississippi River and the Minnesota State Capitol. Before this building was built in 1992, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) occupied what is now the Minnesota Judicial Center, originally built for the Society in 1917. Before that, MNHS was housed in the basement of the State Capitol.
The Center hosts concerts, dance performances, lectures, conferences, meetings, dinners, political campaign events, memorial services, receptions, parties, and weddings; as many as 75,000 schoolchildren visit the History Center every year.
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  • I have been to better history centers. The displays were well done but felt like the information could have been more detailed. 
    I have been to better history centers. The displays were well done but felt like the information could have been more detailed.  more »
  • The Gale Family Library and staff are excellent! We worked in the research center and had lunch at the on-site bistro. While we did need to make research appointments in advance, we were able to do....  more
    The Gale Family Library and staff are excellent! We worked in the research center and had lunch at the on-site bistro. While we did need to make research appointments in advance, we were able to do....  more »
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  • I used the library and was totally impressed. Reservations are necessary but you have your own work area. You can request materials in advance and they are waiting for you when you arrive. Plus they will get additional resources for you once you arrive. Very helpful staff. Great experience.
  • Learned a lot about the history of MN. Went on a school field trip with my son, chaperoning. There was an educational class, the students got learn about the fur trade and stocks. They have great modules, we got to experience a tornado while in a basement back in the 1960. And, experience a soldier perspective preparing for war on an aircraft. Kids loved the bison and it’s organs learning uses. And the mining shaft and explosion experience. Loved how the kids worked together arranging the sitting cubes to match the diagrams on the wall. The crew members were extra patient and educational. Each exhibits we had visited, they always had a knowledgeable crew member explaining or demonstrating the history uses of the items. Please bring your kids and educate them on the history of MN. Would recommend and love to return back again!! Please note there are no public parking available on their premises, only drop off or must park in ramp and pay.

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