Explore the History of the Twin Cities
Collected by Susan Mason , AFAR Local Expert
Learn the history of the region, including its American Indian origins and its development through grain production and exchange.
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
A gem in the USA’s cultural crown, the MIA has some 80,000 objects in its permanent collection, spanning 5,000years of world history. Its Asian art collection in particular is thought to be one of the best in the country. The Institute doesn’t...
240 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Scattered with Victorian mansions, St. Paul's tree-lined Summit Ave. is one of the most beautiful residential streets in the Midwest, with famous former residents including author F. Scott Fitzgerald and early railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill....
200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111, USA
Built after the War of 1812, Fort Snelling (formerly Fort St. Anthony) overlooks the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers from the bluffs. It's a place of cultural significance for Native American, military, early trade, and civil...
100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This former railroad bridge, built across the Mississippi River in the 1880s, is now a pedestrian and bike path perfect for strolling between parks. With panoramic views of the downtown skyline, river, and St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge is a...
3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416, USA
There's no better place to learn all about electricity than at this lakeside Minneapolis mansion. Its quirky exhibits enable you to get some safe hands-on experience through Ben Franklin-era parlor tricks that are both mysterious and fun. Make a...
1029 Hudson Rd, St Paul, MN 55106, USA
It's that time of year when local historians and thespians get together to put on ghost tours. I visited the Mounds Theatre, originally built in 1922 as a Vaudeville theatre, with a group of my mother's friends from work. They consider themselves...
St Paul, MN, USA
Six out of what was once at least 16 Native American burial mounds remain preserved atop the bluffs overlooking St. Paul and the Mississippi River. These sites, 1,500–2,000 years old, are thought to have been built by the Hopewellians and then...
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