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Minnesota History Center to reopen to visitors in October

It's been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March.

The Minnesota History Center has announced it will reopen after being shut down for more than six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) says that its flagship St. Paul museum will open its doors to the public once again on Oct. 1, as will the trading post store at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia.

Special exhibits that were in place before the pandemic hit, including First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom and Prince: Before the Rain, have been extended to Jan. 3, 2021, while its Market House by D'Amico cafe will offer grab and go items.

As for MNHS' other attractions, it says guided tours at the State Capitol will resume as soon as it's reopened by the Minnesota Department of Administration, but says that reopening plans for the Mill City Museum and other historic sites are still in the works, and it's likely they won't reopen in 2020.

Other locations that are already open include Jeffers Petroglyphs, Lower Sioux Agency, Oliver Kelley Farm, Split Rock Lighthouse, and the trail sites Birch Coulee Battlefield, Marine Mill and Traverse des Sioux.

The Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center is being reconfigured to allow for in-person researchers, and will open later in the year.

The history center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets cost $8-12, with members free, but must be bought in advance so the museum can ensure it does not breach COVID-19 capacity limits. Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 24, with more information at:

Masks are required, as per state law, while some of the exhibits have been reconfigured to allow for greater social distancing. 

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