The earliest history museums had little actual history to draw on, and instead padded exhibits with wildly speculative displays about how dinosaurs would be elected to Congress by the year 2000. See how far we've come with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year household membership to the Minnesota Historical Society (a $75 value). Household memberships are valid for two adults and any children less than age 18 in the household and include the following benefits:
- Admission to upwards of 20 sites and museums around Minnesota
- Subscriptions to Minnesota History quarterly magazine and “History Matters” newsletter
- Discounts on classes, programs, and purchases at the museum store
- Invitations to members-only events
- Complimentary benefits at more than 200 historical organizations and museums nationwide
While memberships must be activated by May 16, membership benefits last for one full year from activation.
Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the state’s storied past, the Minnesota Historical Society dutifully curates 26 sites and museums—from the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids to the Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey—that help visitors delve into the days of yore. Explore the Minnesota History Center’s bustling collection of local artworks and engrossing exhibits in St. Paul. Poke through the Open House exhibit’s period-perfect Railroad Island residence or gain knowledge of the state’s varied meteorological phenomena at the Weather Permitting exhibit. Inhabiting what was once the largest flourmill on the earth, the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis earns its National Historic Landmark status by chronicling the linked histories of the flour industry, Minneapolis, and the river. Baking-lab demonstrations produce balmy bread samples, and the museum offers rooftop views of the Mississippi River.
In addition to unlocking unfettered access to all of the society’s outposts, a one-year household membership bolsters members with added benefits. Subscriptions to Minnesota History and “History Matters” keep members abreast of societal goings on, members-only events crowd calendars with outings, and discounts on museum-store purchases bring dens one step closer to containing a life-size statue of Hubert Humphrey.