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Discover Minneapolis History, from Museums to Landmarks

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. 

Historic Minneapolis Attractions

  • Mill City Museum
  • Historic Fort Snelling 
  • James J. Hill House (St. Paul)
  • American Swedish Institute
  • The Bakken Museum
  • Minnesota History Center (St. Paul)
  • Wabasha Street Caves (St. Paul)
  • Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul)
  • Bell Museum of Natural History (Roseville)
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