Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102



Library Hours

Temporarily closed.


$6 per day

Using the Library

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About the Collections

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach.

The Collection includes:

  • approximately 250,000 objects; 
  • 6,000 works of art; 300,000 photographs; 
  • 50,000 cubic feet of manuscripts; 
  • 50,000 cubic feet of state archives; 
  • 500,000 printed works, including books; 
  • 1,245 cataloged moving images and 3 million feet of news film from KSTP; 
  • the oral history collection contains 500 total interview projects; 40 video projects; and over 2,000 hours of interviews cataloged.

Potential Donations:

If you are interested in donating item(s) to the collections, please visit the How to Donate page for more information and a form.  

Sensitive Materials:

The Minnesota Historical Society is the home of many culturally significant and sometimes sensitive items.  Some material may contain terms that reflect the creators' views, or those of the period in which the materials were created, written, or recorded, but may not be considered appropriate today.  These views are not necessarily the views of the Minnesota Historical Society. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.  For more information, please see our NAGPRA and Culturally Sensitive Objects Policy.

Help Recover Minnesota's Heritage

MNHS asks for your help to locate and recover Minnesota’s missing heritage!