New Minnesota History Center exhibit, Then Now Wow, opens Nov. 23

St. Paul, MN – “Then Now Wow,” will offer a museum experience unlike any other when it opens at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul,  Nov. 23, 2012.   Dedicated entirely to Minnesota history, “Then Now Wow,” is the largest exhibit ever created by the Minnesota Historical Society, with 14,000 square feet of gallery space.

Designed primarily for families and schoolchildren, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities, and meet the people who have made their homes here.

Exhibit visitors will step inside a prairie sod house and explore what life was like for a pioneer family; board a Twin Cities streetcar and peek out the windows at different eras and locations; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar through Southwestern Minnesota; sit in a modern tipi to learn about Dakota history and culture; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events.

“Then Now Wow,” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Major support is also being provided by the 3M Foundation, the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, and the Katherine B. Andersen Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation with additional support from the BNSF Foundation, Grotto Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation and the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation.

 

 

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