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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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  • My friend and I went back to the Minnesota History Center to see the Sinclair Lewis “100 years of Mainstreet” exhibit. It’s very informative and for a $10 admission fee worthwhile and of course...  more »
  • Both the special and permanent exhibits were extremely well done and interesting. Extraordinary Women was filled with great information and insight on some truly remarkable women. We highly recommend....  more »
  • Great place to visit and learn about history! There's a fabulous First Ave exhibit happening through 2020. A must see for music lovers! Open House: If these Walls Could Talk was excellent!! The house tells a story from the original owners to present day. Awesome! Friendly staff. Amazingly detailed, interactive and well thought-out exhibits. Parking lot or metered parking available. Lots of benches throughout the building for those who cannot walk far. Well worth the admission price!! Restaurant within the building as well as a great gift shop.
  • I enjoy the history center every time I visit. They have marvelous exhibits which focus on something here in Minnesota. I specifically went this time to see the First Avenue exhibit. Although it was interesting, I felt it insufficient. I expected more materials from local artists who grew to fame. The mislabeled guitar really was annoying. It clearly says it is a Les Paul model on the headstock and to label it a Junior is a joke. I expect better. The video were great, I could have used more.

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