TCL Time Travels: MN State Capitol & History Center

Twin Cities Live has teamed up with Explore Minnesota and the Minnesota Historical Society for a series called “TCL Time Travels”. We’re taking you around our state to show you some of the things you and your family can do for a day trip or a weekend getaway. As we explore the area, we find stories that involve history, interactive activities and course some fun.

The Minnesota State Capitol is a destination for a lot of school aged kids, but more and more adults are also taking one of the free forty five minutes tours that are offered every day. One of the biggest attractions lately is the new look. Brian Pease of the Minnesota Historical Society says it may not look different, but it is very different. A $310-million dollar renovation was just completed. It took more than three years. The project preserved pieces of history that are so important. It brings a special pride to Minnesotans as they tour the one of a kind building.

The restoration project included work in the stunning rotunda, the Governor’s Reception Room, the basement and more. More than fifty five pieces of art were also preserved to their original color and look.

The grand opening celebration will be August 11, 12 and 13th. May 11, 1858 is when Minnesota became the 32 state.

Another spot for the entire family to enjoy is the Minnesota History Center. It is an interactive museum with permanent and changing exhibits. It has special events year round.

One area worth checking out is the “Then, Now, Wow” exhibit. It was very hands on and both kids and adults can get into it. It has an area that teaches you about hunting, farming, mining and even the fur trade. There are so many things to try and to learn.

To learn more about Minnesota’s historic sites and plan your visit, go to

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