Minnesota State Capital
75 Rec. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul
Educational Programs: Pre-school to 6th Grade
Reservations are required for all educational programs.
Pre-schoolers role play architectural forms, hear and see the rhythm in the architectural designs, search for shapes and symbols and see the preservation of the capitol as a puzzle that they will be part of solving. 3 - 5 year olds, Tuesdays, June - December. $2 per child, 40 minutes. Minimum fee of $30 for groups of 15 or less.
Free 45 minute tour designed especially for K-3 grade Scout and Youth using interactive techniques, students become visually alert to the beauty of this grand old building. They hear stories about Minnesota history and the work that goes on in the capitol
Search and discover the art in the capitol using a self-guided brochure. Students become a junior art historian after finding each of the treasures. Designed for ages 8 years and up, $2 per person, 45 minutes.
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange Street, St. Paul
Nov 14-Dec 30
$11 for adults
$9 for seniors, college students, or military.
$7 for children ages 6-17
Free for kids under 5. Mhs members take $3 off.
Call for special events. Visit the mansion of Minnesota's first territorial and second governor. Open for special events and private group tours by appointment. Sample a Victorian Christmas, meeting historical characters, sampling cookies, and experiencing Victorian Christmas traditions. My contact is Ron. He is a gem.
20880 Olinda Trail, Scandia
Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays guided tours are offered from 1-4pm. Check their website for current events. Adults $5, Children 12 and under are free!
Visit an 1850's Swedish farmhouse, parsonage, barn, corncrib, and work shed. The museum's is located in an outdoor park with spectacularly pertinent buildings and their mission is to educate and preserve Swedish immigrant history. The museum also has a visitor center, classroom and gift shop. The museum hosts many special events throughout the year, such as a Dahlapalooza Festival for kids and an American Girl Doll tour.
2187 E. State HWY 101 Shakopee
Jan-March, M-F 10am-4pm
March-Nov, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Nov-Dec, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Adults $5, Children (ages 2-17) and seniors $3, and kids under 2 are free.
Guided tours are available on weekends and weekdays. Characters guide you through a school house, church, railroad depot, general store, blacksmith shop, newspaper printing office and individual homes. The mission of this park is to interpret how people have connected with the Minnesota River and surrounding resources for thousands of years. Farm animals run free and a horse drawn trolley ride will get you from place to place. Dress for the weather. There are many family focused activities here, pre-schooler drop-offs, storytelling, geology, microscopes, and camping. Check their website for specifics on activities. The museum also hosts 'Folkways of the Holidays' with tours, horse-trolley rides, and performances.
Historic Fort Snelling
Hwy 5 and Hwy 55 near the International Airport
Open Memorial Day through Labor Day
$6 children ages 6-17
Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.
This restored 1820's military outpost offers a full living history program with costumed guides. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the past. Hear musket fire, the cannon's roar and the fife's shrill tunes. Take part in the fort's everyday life. Shoulder a musket, mend clothes, smell the stew, scrape a hide or sing along with the soldiers. Take tea with Mrs. Snelling or sample the soldiers' bread ration or swing a hammer in the blacksmith. The Fort's costumed guides also demonstrate crafts, present historical skits and practice military drill and weapons firings. Tours are presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October.
Pond-Dakota Misson Park
401 East 104th St, Bloomington
This outdoor festival usually takes place in mid-September and is a chance to experience living history in Bloomington. Its goal is to demonstrate the lifestyles of people living in Minnesota between 1830 and 1870 through story-telling and interactive, hands-on demonstration! View a medicine show, wash laundry by hand, throw a tomahawk, and more. The park is set up with multiple stations and costumed docents who actually camp in the park for the duration of the festival. It's a hoot! Check the web for current dates.
Little Log House Pioneer Village
13746 220th Street East Hastings
This place is a riot! On the last weekend in July they are open to the public and have numerous festivities which are extremely family friendly. Grab refreshments at Porky's, meander through some re-enactments, and watch a tractor pull. Yeah, seriously.