Minnesota History Center, St. Paul 2021Created as the headquarters and central draw point for the Minnesota Historical Society in 1992, the current building replaced the old long-term headquarters on the capitol grounds that has now been removed.
Holding over 1,000,000 artifacts of historical and cultural significance, plus a very large library of documents and books concerning Minnesota, it's the best place to study all things Minnesota (eh?).
There are three major display areas hosting exhibits containing multitudes of related collection pieces, with some that rotate every 6 months or so. This is the reason I went.
The ArrivalDrove east on I-94 to the Kellogg street entrance. Took a right and you cannot miss the history center a half mile further along, off to your left.
EntranceThe entrance corridor is a good distance in length passing the dining area, obligatory Covid warnings and the gift shops to the ticket desk. I had pre-purchased my ticket, so I just verified my time and up the stairs I went.
First SectionThe first area of display is currently dedicated to Native American impact and history in Minnesota, with multitudes of items and descriptions of impacts or usage. It's pretty interesting stuff, many things I had not seen before.
Second SectionA more permanent area of display with the recent history of Minnesota (read: after white people got here).
Displays of the settlement of the area and harvesting of resources the state has.
Third SectionMinnesota's greatest generation, my favorite time period and a testament to the people who saved the world.
Covering how the formative years, up to the war, and then the time afterwards shaped the lives of the people who lived during this era and how it impacted the state.
Fourth SectionMinnesota's outdoors, weather, sports, other things very attuned to this climate.
SummarySurprisingly robust collections and displays, I didn't know what to expect and I was thoroughly impressed.
Great experience and hours of perusing and learning.