Established in 1872 around mills powered by the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers and waterfalls, Minneapolis has a rich and engaging history. Visit the Minnesota History Center, comprised of the museum, library and headquarters of the Minnesota Historical Society.
Get a hands-on history lesson about Minneapolis' flour industry and the Mississippi River at the Mill City Museum.
Experience Minnesota history from pre-Civil War through World War II at Fort Snelling, a National Historic Landmark. Join the Magical History Tour, a Segway ride through the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront. Explore Minnesota's natural history museum and planetarium, the Bell Museum. Visit the oldest Basilica in the country - the Basilica of St. Mary - or experience Swedish culture and art at the American Swedish Institute located in the historic Turnblad Mansion. Marvel at the city's historic buildings and architecture, including Foshay Tower, built in 1929, or walk across the many historic bridges that cross the Mississippi River.