Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102



Library Hours

Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Holiday Hours


$6 per day

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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.


Learn about the different collections:


The Minnesota Historical Society is the home of many culturally significant and sometimes sensitive items.  For more information please see our NAGPRA and Culturally Sensitive Objects Policy. 



Help us recover Minnesota's heritage!