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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Museum Hours

Tue 10 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
Closed Monday (Open Monday Holidays, 10 am-5 pm. We will NOT be open Mon., 10/13.)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

Tue 9 am-8 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am-4 pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Library Holiday Hours


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free Tuesdays 5-8 pm
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.



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History Lounge

Lounge with us!

Join local historians, authors and experts for evening conversations about the history that shapes Minnesota and its people.

• Select Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. October through May
• Free; no reservations needed
• Enjoy dessert, snacks, beer and wine available from Café Minnesota during the program.



The History Lounge is made possible by the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund and the support of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund.


Upcoming History Lounge Events

The K.K.K. in 1920s Minnesota

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Most Americans associate the Ku Klux Klan with the South, but the Klan was active throughout the country. Minnesotans organized fifty-one chapters of the K.K.K. throughout the state. Minnesota Klan members played town ball, served as church deacons, ran local businesses and were elected to political office. They also held cross-burnings and midnight rides that terrorized their own communities.

Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle will examine the activities of the Klan at its height in Minnesota and the lives and careers of Klansmen who continued life in the public sphere after the Invisible Empire lost its foothold in the Northstar State. She is the author of The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota.


Kidnapping Mrs. Piper

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
True crime writer William Swanson will explore the sensational kidnapping of Virginia Piper who was abducted at gun-point from her lakeside home in Orono on a July afternoon in 1972. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, an anonymous caller led the FBI to a northern Minnesota state park where they found Ginny Piper––chained to a tree, filthy and exhausted, but physically unharmed. What really happened on that July day in 1972?
William Swanson is the author of Dial M: The Murder of Carol Thompson and Black White Blue: The Assassination of Patrolman Sackett. His latest book is Stolen from the Garden: the Kidnapping of Virginia Piper (MNHS Press, October 2014).

My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks

    Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
Ojibwe historian Brenda Child will share the stories of daily work, family life, and culture on the Red Lake Reservation between World War I and the Depression, and explore the challenges faced by the first generation to have grown up on a reservation—fully modern workers whose rich traditions helped them make a living during tough times, and pass on their Ojibwe identity and culture to their children.
Brenda J. Child is associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and author of My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation (MNHS Press, December 2014).