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Museum Visit

Each Minnesota History Center field trip includes a museum visit. Allow 1-2 hours in the museum to complete activities.


Scavenger hunt that helps students dig deeper into exhibit content.
Pre-K (PDF)  |  1-2 (PDF)  |  3-4 (PDF)  |  5-6 (PDF)  | 7-12 (PDF)


Students explore Grainland

Staff leads students (Grades K-5) in a 15-minute exploration of Grainland, tracing the journey of corn, and soybeans from farm to town to grain elevator. Climb through a replica grain elevator where bins and chutes are replaced with steps and slides and curving nooks and crannies. Available first come first serve, by appointment only. (30 students per 15-minute session.)

Summer Time Program

The Minnesota History Center is the perfect summer field trip destination! Register today for the Summer Time Program, developed especially for school age care groups. (June-August)


Enhance your Field Trip

Play the Past

Students using their iPods in Play the Past

A groundbreaking game-based way for your students to explore history—now expanded to include two exhibits: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and Then Now Wow. Students pursue quests within seven thematic areas including a Minnesota iron mine, the Great Depression, and Dakota history and culture. Post-field trip activities and digital artifacts help them build upon their experience back in the classroom.

Museum Lessons

Add fun and focus to your museum visit with a classroom lesson. Connect students with the real stuff of history — documents, photos, objects and more!

  • Add $2 per person
  • Maximum 30 students per lesson
  • Lessons range from 30-50 minutes

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Two girls holding frozen pizza with box
Minnesota inventors have changed our state and nation
Students demonstrate sawing a tree
Become a lumberjack!
Two girls wear accessories worn by immigrants
An immigrant’s trunk is packed with stories
Children sitting in a circle
Dakota culture and history
Students holding furs
A global trade hub
Kids looking at artifacts inside a suitcase
Immigration in Minnesota, then and now
A troop of people in uniforms walking in front of trees.
Meet a member of Minnesota’s First Infantry
Girl sitting in wash tub
Step into the shoes of a kid from Minnesota’s past