MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
From Minnesota's endurance through the Great Depression to Prince's suit from Purple Rain, this expansive museum dives deep into the state's past.
Built in 1992, the Minnesota History Center has been labeled the finest building to be constructed in Minnesota since the State Capitol was erected in 1905. Beyond its stunning modern architecture, the history center is also home to a museum, library, 314-seat auditorium, two museum stores, a café, and a variety of classrooms and conference rooms. Learn how Minnesota coped with the Great Depression at Minnesota’s Greatest Generation exhibit, and how we’ve handled the elements that four seasons throw our way at Weather Permitting. Minnesota Historical Society’s largest exhibit ever, Then Now Wow, also resides in the History Center and allows children to interact with all of the big moments that shaped this state’s history. From our state’s role in World War II to hometown hero Prince’s suit from Purple Rain, the museum's interactive exhibits contain a wealth of information about Minnesota’s past. Be sure to plan on a full day here; it’s worth it.