Kids love the Minnesota History Center, and why not? We have exhibits that are meant to be touched and explored, and activities that connect kids with history while they’re having fun. Plus places to have a snack and take a break from the action, too.
Daily Museum Activities
The History Center has a wide range of exhibits for all ages. Whether participating in the interactive quiz show in MN150, climbing the replica grain elevator in Grainland, experiencing the tornado in Weather Permitting, or playing hopscotch in Open House, kids will never have a dull moment.
Some of Minnesota history's interesting people have stepped forward in time to share their stories. Some led ordinary lives. Others accomplished extraordinary things. All faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could.
Each weekend, and holiday and summer weekdays, a different character from Minnesota history is portrayed in the exhibits of the Minnesota History Center. Watch one of these History Players perform at the top of each hour and spend some time visiting with them one-on-one about their lives in Minnesota.
Families and children can create a make-it take-it craft on selected dates throughout the year (included with museum admission.)
Throughout the year, the Minnesota History Center offers special plays and performances that highlight exhibit stories and themes. Don't miss these opportunities to experience some of the stories, drama and emotions of a different time.
History a la Cart
Stop by one of our staffed stations in the exhibits to get a closer look at artifacts, objects, photographs and more.
Family-Friendly Series and Events
The Big Wow Family Variety Show
A whimsical 90-minute, family-friendly variety show with multi-cultural and multi-generational artists who are classic and quirky.
Nine Nights of Music
Enjoy free live outdoor music and dance on the History Center's terrace, Tuesday evenings in July and August.
Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos is an important tradition in Mexican culture. The event helps families honor and remember loved ones who have died. The History Center's annual colorful celebration features music, dance, craft activities, beautifully decorated ofrendas (altars), and hands-on activities and games.
This yearly celebration takes place in December on one of the seven days of Kwanzaa. Past activities have included West African drumming, an African-inspired fashion show, storytelling and crafts.