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MN History Center

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

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



$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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2014 Jul 23

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Open House

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk

This interactive exhibit brings to life the adage “if these walls could talk” by using a single, existing house-in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side-as a window into the daily lives of people of the past.
Stories of families, from the first German immigrants through the Italians, African-Americans, and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Visitors become detectives, piecing together lives of the families who lived at 470 Hopkins Street.


  • Try on uniforms representing lives of the East Side workers - brewery and railroad workers, housewives and hat makers - who made their home here.
  • Take a seat at the dining room table and listen to memories of a former resident’s meeting her future in-laws at a big family dinner.
  • Look out a living room window to find out about Laos and Thai refugee camps, visions from the journey that some of these families took to America.


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