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Don't let the boring exterior fool you

This is a very interactive museum, if you can call it a museum. It's a great collection of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
STPBud
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Saint Paul
GO - several times!

this place is a GEM - did you know there are free days on some Tuesdays? (there can be LOTS of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeanette E
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Mnemba, Tanzania
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped by the Minnesota History Center primarily to see the special exhibit "1968" which was really fun for someone who lived through that era. We particularly liked the music section and game. We just had a short time to visit the perpetual exhibits which were nice but I don't think there were enough hands-on things for younger kids. Exhibits are heavy into reading. I have used the research area in the past for some genealogy work and that was great. Volunteers throughout are very helpful.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

This place is in a convenient to downtown location, just off the Freeway for out of town visitors.
The building is massive with lots of space and interesting exhibits. Went recently to the 1968 exhibit. While not necessarily Minnesota focused, it was fun to compare and contrast to today's similar challenges.

there are always rotating special exhibits highlighting Minnesota history from Native American through settlers and up to recent immigrant cultural impact. They do a nice job giving contect on what was happening in the rest of the workd at the same time.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Really enjoyed this museum and its excellent exhibits. We explored life in a tipi and followed the traders in birchbark canoes and enjoyed spending time in a sod house. This museum has taken a house from St. Paul and reconstructed different rooms of the house with the variety of inhabitants over the years. It was amazing to see how the changes occurred over generations, as well as the ethnic changes in the neighborhood. The exhibit on 1968 was touching for those of us who lived during that time and informative for younger members of our party. Well spent afternoon ending with lots of purchases in the gift shop.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to take your kids but adults too will have fun. Adults will not be bored!

We visited from Canada and were pleasantly surprised. There are lots of interactive exhibits. Several you get into including a WW2 C-47 bomber fuselage, a house in a tornado, and an iron mine to name a few. The exhibits make you feel like you are actually there.

There is a $2 coupon if you search online.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mrpetsaver
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This museum is well worth the time to go. Parking is around $5 and is right next to the entrance. The permanent displays are very well done. Kids can stay entertained. There is a large play structure for them themed to a mill. Can see everything in the museum in around 2 hours, more if you want to watch the movies. Rotating exhibits are OK - but they can get very busy. Worth coming 1-2 times per year. Look into getting the history museum annual passes - it is only $100 per year for a family with 2 guests - well worth it if you are going to see 2 of the sites they cover.

Date of experience: January 2018
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