Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102

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Explore Minnesota history through museum exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations.

Homeschool days

For many years, the Minnesota History Center offered well-liked programming specifically for homeschool audiences. Unfortunately, the History Center has decided at this time to invest their time and energy into growing other offerings in their broad selection of educational programs and has not offered regular homeschool programs since the 2013–2014 school year.

The History Center hopes homeschool families take advantage of their discounted memberships for educators and encourages everyone to explore their summer camps, special exhibits, and the many other museum offerings.

Field trips

Field trips to the Minnesota History Center include self-guided brochures to help students dig deeper into exhibit themes and content.

  1. Explore! Each student receives an illustrated booklet with questions and activities that guide and encourage interaction with the exhibits. Chaperones and educators are provided with answer keys to help facilitate discussions.
  2. Museum Marvels While exploring the museum, each student seeks out one object or item that is interesting, unusual or truly a “marvel” to him or her. Chaperones are provided with cameras to take photos of the students next to their favorite things. Students put the photo on a scrapbook page and answer questions about their object and about the day’s museum adventures. Availability of this program is restricted due to a limited number of cameras.

Explore! booklets and Student scrapbook pages are available in six grade levels: Pre–K, grades 1–2, grades 3–4, grades 5–6, grades7–9, and grades 10–12. Allow 1 to 2 hours to complete activities.

Enhance your field trip with a 15-minute stop a Grainland, tracing the journey of wheat, corn, and soybeans from farm to town to grain elevator, facilitated by a museum staff member. Children in grades K–6 an climb through a replica grain elevator where bins and chutes are replaced with steps and slides and curving nooks and crannies. Times must be scheduled in advance and may not be added on the day of your visit.

Add fun and focus to your museum visit with a 50-minute classroom lesson, and connect students with the real stuff of history, including documents, photos, objects and more. Themes include ...

  • Minnesota inventors
  • Generations of an Ojibwe Family
  • Growing Up Dakota
  • Indians and the Fur Trade
  • Logging in Minnesota
  • The refugee experience
  • Immigration in Minnesota

Use iPods loaded with the Play the Past mobile app to explore history, pursue quests, earn badges and collect artifacts in a personal digital backpack.

Cost per child/student: $6 for a museum visit only
$8 for a museum visit with a 50-minute classroom lesson
$8 for a museum visit with Play the Past
$10 for a museum visit with both a 50-minute classroom lesson and Play the Past
No additional charge for Grainland
Cost per adult/educator: 1 free adult per 5 students

There is no additional charge for use of the lunchrooms for a 25 minute lunch period, but reservations are required. Bring your own bag lunches or pre-order them from Cafe Minnesota.

Minimum group size: unknown
Maximum group size: 30 students per 50-minute classroom lesson and per Grainland time slot

Target grade level: options for grades K through 12

For more information, call 1-888-387-5008, visit education.mnhs.org/field-trips/history-center or schedule a field trip online at education.mnhs.org/field-trip-request

Educator discounts

Details on the Minnesota Historical Society's Educator Membership can be found at hsadventures.org/site/mhs#discounts

Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota History Center for the most current information. Last updated on Thu, Sep 17, 2015.

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