Saint Paul Museums & History

Saint Paul Museums & HistoryGet a different take on the history and culture of the Capital City as you explore some of the top museums we found for you. Learn about the first inhabitants of Saint Paul and the heritage of the city’s modern day inhabitants, as well as art, science, natural history and technology at these unique museums and historical buildings.

Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments
Enter the musical realm at the Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments. An interpretive guide leads tours through the facility, explaining the history of the club and the museum’s permanent collection. Exhibits include the evolution of the modern keyboard, an impressive collection of musical manuscripts and a space for musical experimentation.

Address: Second Floor of Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St.,
Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 292-3267
Web: www.schubert.org

Minnesota Museum of American Art
The Minnesota Museum of American Art is currently in the process of switching locations, but still maintains an impressive collection on display at its temporary "on the road" locations. This museum showcases a wide range of American art from the 19th century to the present, focusing mainly on works by local Minnesotan artists.

Address: 50 W Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 266-1030
Web: www.mmaa.org

Minnesota History Center
Learn more about the history of the state, as well as some unique Saint Paul tidbits, at the Minnesota History Center, a museum and library run by the Minnesota Historical Society. One of the finest public buildings in the North Star State, this interactive facility is home to several exhibits displaying historical artifacts and also hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.

Address: 345 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 259-3000
Web: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

Alexander Ramsey House
Located in one of the first trendy neighborhoods in Saint Paul, the Alexander Ramsey House is one of the nation’s best-preserved Victorian era homes. See what life was like in the 1870s for both the family and the servants living in this 15-room house. Even the tour guides get into the spirit of the times, dressing and acting like the home’s former inhabitants.

Address: 265 S. Exchange St., Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 296-8760
Web: www.mnhs.org

Minnesota Transportation Museum
See the way people have moved throughout American history at the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Dedicated to preserving local railroad, bus and streetcar history, you can experience in-depth, interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family, including historic railway operating equipment like the vintage steam engines or the operating roundhouse turntable.

Address: 193 Pennsylvania Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55101 - MAP
Phone: (651) 228-0263
Web: www.mtmuseum.org

Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Fans of model railroads will not want to miss the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, home of the world famous O-Scale exhibit. Thousands of volunteer hours have been dedicated to faithfully reproducing the entire Twin Cities’ railroad system from the 1930s-1950s in O-Scale. In addition to this impressive model, the museum hosts other traveling exhibits, a toy train division and other special events.

Address: 1021 Bandana Blvd E, St. Paul, MN 55108 - MAP
Phone: (651) 647-9628
Web: www.tcmrm.org

Science Museum of Minnesota
Explore the worlds of science, natural history, mathematics and technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This science museum features eight permanent exhibits and a number of special traveling exhibitions. See one of the intense IMAX movies at the Omnitheater, extract DNA at the Human Body Gallery, travel back in time in the Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery and much, much more.

Address: 120 W Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 221-9444
Web: www.smm.org

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Landmark Center

Address: 75 5th St., Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 292-3225
Web: www.landmarkcenter.org

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Address: 10 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102 - MAP
Phone: (651) 225-6000
Web: www.mcm.org