Visit Minnesota history museums and learn about the culture and history of Minnesota and Minnesotans that has helped to build this great state.
The Minnesota History Center in St. Paul refers to their museum as the "chief caretaker of Minnesota's story." Their collections includes historial displays from our American Indian culture to present-day Minnesota events deserving of permanant recognition. A wealth of geneological information is also archived here. Twenty-six historic sites and museums around Minnesota offer opportunity for learning and fun.
The American Swedish Institute is housed in the landmark 1908 Turnblad mansion. The Swedish Institute was founded to preserve and celebrate Swedish and Swedish-American culture. Among the stated goals is to "be a museum and cultural center of international reputation where people will gather to connect their pasts to their shared future, to understand their heritage in relationship to other cultural and social experiences, and to appreciate their roles as citizens of the globe.
Grand Portage National Monument is one of several excellent living history museums in the state. Many buildings here have been reconstructed and furnished in the original 1700's style. Costumed guides tell stories of the Northwest Trading Company where Native Americans and Europeans came together to to buy and sell pelts. You can take a tour of the Heritage Center to see exhibits of early Ojibwe culture that includes life-sized dioramas. If you are in the mood for adventure, you can hike the Grand Portage Trail to the site of Fort Charlotte.
Grand Portage State Park is nearby. Take the easy hike to Pigeon Falls, the state's highest waterfall and be inspired by the majesty in this smallest of our state parks
The Mille Lacs Indian Museum exists to tell the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe American Indians. The goal of the museum is to help preserve their culture, language, music and dance. The Mille Lacs Indian Museum is an interactive museum that offers exhibits, videos, computer interactives and listening stations. Learn how Minnesota wild rice goes from raw harvested rice to a delicious finished product.
Jeffers Petroglyphs: near Pipestone will give you insight into Native American life in Minnesota as you view the fossilized carvings in this unusual place.
Visit Hinckley Minnesota's Fire Museum. Learn about the "great Hinckley fire" that was a conflagration of several forest fires.
The year of 1894 was one of the driest on record and the area was covered with downed trees from the lumber mills.
The firestorm that was created actually destroyed 5 towns in Minnesota and took the lives of more than 400 people.
The Laura Engalls Wilder Museum of Little House on the Prairie fame offers exhibits and artifacts from our early pioneering history.
The Sod House on The Prairie will give you a look at how many early settlers lived with a sobering yet inspiring contrast to present day living conditions.
You will find Minnesota history museums in, or near, almost every town in the state. Many abandoned railroad depots have been converted into museums that tell the story of that region. Others are housed in old mansions, preserved general stores, and city libraries. Other small museums are dedicated to the life of someone who contributed to the history of Minnesota. Stop in whenever you have the opportunity. You will learn so many little known facts about why these places exist and who contributed to the unique culture of the area.
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