MN History Center

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




$11 adults
$9 seniors (65+)
$9 college students (valid ID)
$9 active military (valid ID)
$6 children ages 6-17
Free to the public Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Free for MHS members and children age 5 and under.
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Exhibit Hours

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
12 to 5 p.m. Sun.;
Closed Mon. (open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon. holidays year round)
Museum Holiday Hours

Library Hours

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tues.;
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;
Closed Sun. and Mon.
Library Holiday Hours


2014 Apr 23

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History Crawls

Take a scenic bus ride and hear true tales of how some of St. Paul's most noteworthy neighborhoods built a Capital city. Neighborhood history crawls include pub crawls, food crawls, University Grove neighborhood tours and Mid Century Modern architecture tours.
If someone in your party uses a cane, wheelchair, walker, or has otherwise limited mobility, please call 651-259-3015 at least two weeks in advance of your tour so we can do our best to accommodate their needs.

Upcoming History Crawls

Working the West End History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Continues on Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25; July 9 and 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

$25 ($20 MNHS members). Drinks purchased separately.  Patrons must be age 21+ and possess a valid picture ID.

Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 

Move into St. Paul’s oldest neighborhood (at least temporarily) and revel in vibrant tales of the Yankees, Czechs, Germans and Italians who gave life to the historic West End. Bus departs from Minnesota History Center.

Mid Century Modern Tour

    Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Continues on Saturdays, July 12 and August 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

$25 ($20 MNHS members). Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

This bus tour explores classic mid century design by the likes of Ralph Rapson, Close Architects, Eliel Saarinen and more. This tour takes participants to spots in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and includes the interiors of public buildings only.

University-Rondo-Frogtown History Food Crawl

    Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Continues on Saturdays, June 21, July 12, July 19, August 9 and August 16 - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
$35 ($30 MNHS members). Food samples included. Tickets available online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 
Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of St. Paul’s most changeable district before it changes again.  Explore University Avenue, the former country road that both divides and defines the district. Investigate the immigrant enclave of Frogtown and the “lost” African American neighborhood of Rondo. Along the way, expert foodies from Gastro Non Grata will satisfy your hunger for culinary adventure with hearty samples from the neighborhood. Bus departs from the Minnesota History Center. 

From Pig’s Eye to Summit - St. Paul’s Brewing History by Bus

    Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
The May 17 and June 21 and July 19 tours are SOLD OUT.
Start your Saturday night early and seek out a new go-to brew with this great tour based on original research by Doug Hoverson of Land of Amber Waters.  This meandering three hour exploration of St. Paul’s hoppy past and present features samples, conversation and hidden gems along the way.
Breweries springing up around St. Paul are a powerful testament to our current fascination with the sudsy stuff. However, Minnesota’s capitol city has a long and rich history with beer, starting with the first brewery opened in St. Paul in 1849. Today, Summit and other breweries share the city with thriving brew pubs, taprooms, and their historic predecessors—the beautiful old Hamm’s and Schmidt Breweries, to name a few.
Tour leaves from the Minnesota History Center. All attendees must be 21+. The tour includes up to two blocks of walking on uneven terrain. Please alert staff when buying tickets if you need alternative accommodations.

Summit Hill Special History Pub Crawl

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Continues Wednesdays, July 30, August 6, August 13, August 20 and August 27 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
$25 ($20 MNHS members). Drinks purchased separately.  Patrons must be age 21+ and possess a valid picture ID.
Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 
Bask in the Victorian grace of Summit Hill, and hear stories and people behind the epic rise, fall and rise again, of the city’s most fashionable historical address. Bus departs from the Minnesota History Center.

University Grove Home Tour

    Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

A second tour will be held from 1-4 p.m.

$35 ($30 MNHS members). Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

A unique neighborhood set aside for University of Minnesota faculty and staff, University Grove is a collection of early and mid 20th century architect designed homes that’s been recognized as an “architectural time capsule” of modern America by The New York Times. Enjoy a tour of the exteriors and a rare glimpse at the interiors of selected homes in the grove representing the work of such regional giants as Close Architects and more. Presented in partnership with the University Grove Neighborhood Association

St. Paul After the Civil War

    Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Continues on Saturdays, August 23 and September 13, 2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

$45 ($40 MNHS members). Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015.

When the Civil War ended, Union veterans, recently freed slaves, and European immigrants arrived by the hundreds in St. Paul. Hear their stories of arrival and homecoming, and explore the St. Paul they helped to build, a city trying to move on after a devastating war. 
Tour leaves from Historic Fort Snelling and visits Oakland Cemetery and the Old Soldiers Home. Includes total of 2 blocks walking on grass, and uneven gravel and dirt paths. Ticket price includes full picnic lunch.

Cass Gilbert Home and Building Tour

    Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

A second tour will be held from 1-4 p.m.

$35 ($30 MNHS members). Tickets on sale online and by phone at 651-259-3015. 

Explore the exteriors and interiors of public buildings and gracious homes designed by Cass Gilbert one of the most prolific and stylistically versatile architects of his generation. Presented in partnership with the Cass Gilbert Society.