Minnesota Historical Society to open more sites by the end of the year

A couple reopen next week, while State Capitol and others may resume soon

Lindsey Peterson
July 10, 2020 - 10:54 am

The Minnesota Historical Society is working on plans to welcome back visitors to the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, and for tours at the Minnesota State Capitol later in 2020.  All of those venues have been closed to visitors since March. 

In June, the Historical Society announced that Split Rock Lighthouse and Jeffers Petroglyphs will once again be open for visitors beginning July 15. Birch Coulee Battlefield, Lower Sioux Agency, Marine Mill and Traverse des Sioux are already open to the public. 

While the remaining MNHS historic sites and museums will not have regular open hours for the rest of the year, staff at a number of sites are working on limited offerings including programs that could accommodate guests onsite. You can find out more about that here.  

You can also expect your visits to look differently.  

Karly Fransen, the site operations manager at Split Rock, told Dave Lee in June, "There there will be less people, so we're limiting our capacity. That's the main thing and the timed entry fee as well. So we do have a one way path around the site that will allow for social distancing. We will not have the lighthouse or the first keeper's home opened. There's just too many distancing concerns that we have with the buildings, so we will just be have the grounds open. So people will walk out on site, be able to go up on the observation that can look out over the lake."

The Historical Soiety will limit the number of visitors at all sites for now. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 651-259-3015. A limited number of tickets will be available for walk-ups so they are recommending planning ahead and getting your tickets in advance "in order to ensure the health and safety of guests, staff and the community" according to a release by the MNHS.

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