Located in downtown St. Paul, the History Center features innovative school programs and interactive exhibits including Then Now Wow, Minnesota's Greatest Generation, Weather Permitting, and opening soon, Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis and Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s.
- Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities Through the Lens of Charles Chamblis (opens April 26, 2014)
- Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s (opens May 24, 2014)
- Minnesota's Greatest Generation
- Open House
- Weather Permitting
- Then Now Wow, designed especially for field trips.
Field Trip Options
- Museum Package
Select from a variety of activities developed to help your students examine artifacts and uncover stories as they explore the History Center's exhibits. Allow 1 to 2 hours for this program package.
Fee: $6 per student
- Museum-Plus Package
The Museum-Plus Package includes a 50-minute classroom lesson, plus a visit to the History Center's exhibits using one of the activities from the Museum Package. Our lessons bring students in contact with the real stuff of history – documents, photos, objects, and more. Allow 2 to 3 hours for this program package. Fee: $8 per student
Museum Plus Lessons By Topic | By Grade
- Play the Past - Add to Your Museum Package Field Trip
Students will explore the Then Now Wow exhibit using iPods provided by the Minnesota History Center that are loaded with the Play the Past mobile application. The app encourages students to solve problems and "collect" digital artifacts by scanning QR codes throughout the exhibit, allowing students to personalize their experience. The items collected are then stored in the students' "digital backpacks" to be accessed online back in the classroom for further study and post-field trip projects.