In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are less of a necessity, but still a flavorful addition to meals.
Explore and sample historic and modern pickles in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen. Visitors can make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $4 per jar.
Hours are 10 am-5 pm on August 18 & 19.
As 2018 marks 50 years since the events of 1968, explore a 1968-era garden and sample food from 1960s recipes in the Learning Kitchen. Plus, examine 1960s farm equipment while learning about Minnesota agriculture in the shadow of national conflict and change. Hours are 10 am-5 pm on Aug 11 & 12.
Discover the ins and outs of the world of poultry in Minnesota from eggs to full-grown birds. Explore how farmers raise poultry, meet newly hatched chicks and turkey poults as well as laying hens, and sample favorite recipes in the Learning Kitchen. Hours are 10 am-5 pm July 21 & 22.
Celebrate the most important 19th-century holiday, the Fourth of July, with the Kelley Farm staff. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn while listening to rousing speeches. Play 19th- and 21st-century games and then sample ice cream in the Learning Kitchen. Hours are 10 am-5 pm.
Discover how farmers cared for their dairy cattle in the mid-19th century versus today and meet the cattle of the 1860s and cows of 2018. Help make butter and cottage cheese in the historic house kitchen and sample ice cream and cheeses made in the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen. Hours are 10 am-5 pm June 23 & 24.
This Father’s Day join the Kelley Farm staff as they work on typical 19th-century farm chores, like woodworking and machinery repairs. Then visit the Farm Lab Barn to explore animal husbandry skills of today.
Fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. Hours are 10 am-5 pm.
Farm animals have long been an important part of Minnesota’s agriculture. Meet animals and their offspring, watch farmers as they shear off the sheep’s wool coats, and discover how farm animals were used and cared for in the 19th century.
Then meet modern-day animals in the Farm Lab Barn and discover the many ways farm animals continue to impact our lives today. Explore the use of animal products in the historic farmhouse kitchen and the visitor center’s Learning Kitchen.
Hours are 10 am-5 pm June 2 & 3.
Enjoy the Minnesota History Center’s new outdoor concert series, Bands on the Boulevard, every Tuesday night in July from 6:30-9 pm. In summer 2018, bands will cover the best of the 1960s music scene in connection with The 1968 Exhibit.
July 3: Legendary Percolators Live Band
July 10: Soul Tight Committee
July 17: Saddle Sores
July 24: Ipso Facto
July 31: Rubber Soul
Bands on the Boulevard is offered every Tuesday night in July with music kicking off at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the History Center lawn and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Market House and D’Amico. Come early or stay late after the concert to take advantage of free admission to the museum galleries from 3 to 9 pm.
Bands on the Boulevard is presented by Xcel Energy.
This exhibit in the Minnesota History Center’s Irvine Gallery showcases the work of young Native American artists who came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment. The artists will show a selection of photographs that empowers their indigenous identity. This exhibit is the culmination of an MNHS partnership program with Two Rivers Gallery.
The photography exhibit is free and open during regular Minnesota History Center hours June 26-September 3.
Explore Somali culture, from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. This exhibit was developed in partnership with the Somali Museum of Minnesota.
On opening day, celebrate with free admission to the museum from 10 am-5 pm, activities for the entire family, and a chance to meet friends and neighbors during a Sambusa Saturday while enjoying a sambusa and Somali tea. Activities are offered through 3 pm and include performances by the Somali Museum Dance Troupe, poetry, storytelling, weaving demonstrations, book signings of Soo Fariista/Come Sit Down: A Somali American Cookbook, film screenings, and an art project to take home.
Free admission is provided by the Knight Foundation and 3M.