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Minnesota Historical Society

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345 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN 55103
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(651) 296-6126
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This is a great place to take the family. Went on a field trip with 4th graders and had so much fun. The exhibits were awesome. The best was the tornado house. You sit in a "b...

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I’ve been to the Minnesota Historical Society a couple times and have not been too impressed. The great thing about it is that it’s free, so it definitely doesn’t hurt to go. It i...

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MHS 10/6/2006

Having been on several field trips with schools for the Minnesota Historical Society, I can say I do recommend it. The exhibits are fun and exciting giving a great way for kids and adults to learn something new. Some of the current exibits are: Weather permiting, Sounds good to me: Music in Minniesota, Tales of the Territory & Going places. There are special events, tours, and childrens activities year round! It also has a library, 2 gift shops & a cafe. We are taking another round at all the area museums since the Public Library is giving out the Free Museum passes now and it is even better! Make sure to check out that part of the deal! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- more

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Minnesota Historical Society 4/10/2006

This is a great place to take the family. Went on a field trip with 4th graders and had so much fun. The exhibits were awesome. The best was the tornado house. You sit in a "basement" and hear the storm outside and the radio with the weather updates, see a tree fall in front of the window, feel the thunder. Great experience for the kids.There are about 10-15 exhibits with some that are rotating. It is definitely a must see when visiting the St. Paul area. Also, it is within walking distance to the capital. This is a great way for the whole family to learn about the history of Minnesota. more

Everything you wanted to know about MN 8/20/2005

This place is in one of the coolest public buildings in town. You can even rent the place for gala events. The Minnesota A-Z exhibit is especailly interesting and has stuff from the odd corners of Minnesota history and pop culture (what there is of that in Minnesota). I especially like the outfit they have on display of Prince's from his Purple Rain days. There is an ok museum store, but it's not a main attraction. more

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Great for Genealogy 8/19/2005

I have to admit that I use the Historical Society for one thing only - genealogical research. If you have family in Minnesota, or want a good base to start, they are great. They have a whole family history area. You have to request books and have them brought up from the stacks, so allow time for that. You can also use the micro-fiche area for census data and old newspapers. The exhibits are ok and the restaurant is nice, but the research center is really where they shine. (PS check out their digital database of photographs on their web site. It is incredible and you can do it from your home) more

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The history of Minnesota 8/18/2005

I dont' know about you but I love seeing what I came from. It showcases the formation of Minnesota, from the territory to gaining statehood. And they do not ignore how the founders got most of the state's land from Ho Chuck, Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. Parts can be a downer, but it's worth the visit. You can also see how grain and iron formed the industry we have today in the state. Very interesting. If I remember right there were some cool looking activities for the kids. more

I expected more 8/17/2005

I’ve been to the Minnesota Historical Society a couple times and have not been too impressed. The great thing about it is that it’s free, so it definitely doesn’t hurt to go. It is housed in a very nice big building, but it seems to me that the exhibits are spread out and filled with extraneous junk just to fill the space. I definitely would not want to encourage people to stay away, because it has a few interesting tidbits, but I honestly expected a bit more from the state’s biggest historical museum. more
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