Historical tours abound in Minneapolis.
Plan an educational and fun trip around the city and get a history lesson in all things Minneapolis! Hear and learn how the city was once the “Flour Milling Capital of the World”, see a National Historic Monument, find out where the first railroad to Minneapolis was built, and discover past contributions and achievements of African Americans to the city. If you're a history buff these are the Minneapolis historical attractions you'll want to hit!
Get a panoramic view of the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam, St. Anthony Falls, and the surrounding Mill District while also learning about the area’s place in Minnesota history. During the free tours, rangers lead you out onto the lock walls and tell you all about how the falls changed the course of history of the region and of the greater nation.
Location: 1 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Established in the early 1820s, Fort Snelling was built to protect the fur trade. Today, the reconstructed fort is a National Historic Landmark where visitors can learn not only about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, but also about domestic life, slavery in Minnesota and the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.
The staff at Fort Snelling tell stories from across the fort’s two centuries of history, demonstrate skills needed in 19th-century everyday life and reenact 19th-century military tactics. Archeology exhibits illustrate the 10,000 years of human habitation on the site.
Location: 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111
Built in the ruins of what was once the largest four mill in the world, the Mill City Museum takes you through Minneapolis’ history of becoming a flour milling powerhouse. The museum features baking demonstrations (and associated tasting samples), the history film “Minneapolis in 19 minutes flat!” and the eight-story, Flour Tower combination milling exhibit and rip-roaring freight elevator ride.
Location: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minnesota’s Somali community is one of the largest in the United States and thus the Somali culture is central to the identity of Minneapolis.
The Somali Museum of Minnesota celebrates the traditions and heritage of the Somali people in a collection of more than 700 pieces of craftwork, paintings and sculptures, ranging from nomadic objects and a model nomad’s hut to contemporary art. Learn about Somalia’s history through this curation of authentic artifacts.
The historic Turnblad Mansion, former home of Swan and Christina Turnbland who migrated to to Minneapolis from Sweden, was built in 1908 and is now home to the American Swedish Institute. This cultural center explores the traditions, immigration, art and heritage of contemporary and historical Sweden. This is done through special exhibits, period rooms, artifacts and workshops.
Location: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
This is the first Museum in Minnesota dedicated to celebrating the history of African Americans. The Museum strives to “preserve, record and highlight the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota.” See their stories told through creative exhibitions and unique programming and events.
Location: 1256 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Near the famous Minnehaha Falls, wonder over to this historic railroad depot and see where the first rail line out of Minneapolis began. The building itself has beautifully intricate detailing and on days when the indoor exhibit is open you will get a glimpse into the railroad’s history, see some original telegraph equipment and other displays of early railroad travel. Here you’ll learn how the Minnehaha Depot was a fundamental piece in Minneapolis railway history and how it served both residents and visitors from the east coast.
Location: Minnehaha Park, Hwy 55 &, E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55417
The Hennepin History Museum houses an extensive collection dedicated to the history and evolution of Hennepin County which includes many artifacts and archival material related to Minneapolis. Located in the 44-room George Christian Mansion, the museum’s rotating exhibits illustrate the history, some of it quite modern, of Hennepin County, through a variety of styles and mediums. Exhibits change approximately every three months. See their website for current exhibits.
Location: 2303 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Mixing science and history together, the Bell Museum is a great place to learn about Minnesota’s natural history. Find out what the state’s natural environment used to be like, understand more about the history of Earth with 3D dioramas, see some of the world’s oldest rocks and travel back to the ice age to meet an 11-foot tall woolly mammoth!
Location: 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Historical tours abound in Minneapolis.
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