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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 year round, including Presidents' Day, Feb. 16)
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.
  • Free to visit the library



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

Who Built Our Capitol?

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Minnesotans know who designed the State Capitol, but what do we know about the men and women who actually built it? Randy Croce, project director and video producer at the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service, will discuss how he and his team uncovered and recorded the lives of over 620 previously anonymous statehouse builders, and show clips from the resulting documentary, "Who Built Our Capitol?"
A five-person team spent the last five years uncovering the untold story of the men and women who constructed the Minnesota State Capitol Building.  They conducted research in archives, recorded interviews and videotaped at quarries and other locations across Minnesota, as well as in Georgia and other states.  They discovered the names and stories of over 620 of the original builders and traced a number of their descendants, to  create a video documentary, website and school curriculum that bring the skills, sacrifices and communities of the statehouse trades people to life.  Randy Croce, project director and video producer at the Labor Education Service, University of Minnesota, will talk about the project discovery process and show clips from the documentary, followed by dialogue with the audience.

George Morrison, A Life in Art

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
The artist George Morrison lived an epic life, one that took him from northern Minnesota to New York City, and eventually drew him back to the “big water” of his Minnesota homeland and a search for his Ojibwe heritage. In 1994, when Morrison was ready to talk about his life and his art, he chose author Margot Galt to help him write it down. Join Galt as she relates stories of her collaboration with Morrison and what it revealed about one of Minnesota’s most important and be-loved artists. Plus, see the new History Center exhibit, "Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison."
Margot Galt is the author of numerous works including Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art (MNHS Press), the collaborative biography she wrote with Morrison before his death. She teaches in graduate school at Hamline University in St. Paul. 

Stassen Again

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Harold Stassen is best known for his ten unsuccessful runs at the U.S. presidency, but his life and politics were far more complex. In all of his guises—as Minnesota’s Depression-era “boy governor,” as co-author of the United Nations charter, as a member of the Eisenhower administration, and as a perpetual presidential candidate—Stassen consistently argued for moderation, tolerance and common sense during times when America, and the world, was in woefully short supply of each.  
Steve Werle, author of the new biography "Stassen Again" (MNHS Press, Mar. 2015) will examine the rich legacy of this famous, but often misunderstood Minnesota politician and statesman.

Norwegian Journey

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
In the years before and during the American Civil War, Norwegians immigrated to our safer neighbor to the north. Canadian recruitment brought thousands of Norwegians to Quebec Province where they established distinctive immigrant colonies.  Peace in the U.S. and the immigrants own changing fortunes eventually led many to leave Canada and make their way to Minnesota.
With Odd Lovoll, author of "Across the Deep Blue Sea: The Saga of Early Norwegian Immigrants" (MNHS Press, 2015) and one of the foremost U.S. historians of the Norwegian-American experience.