Museums, Historical Sites & Tours

Alexander Ramsey House Photo: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

Alexander Ramsey House

265 Exchange St. S.
Near Irvine Park, the 19th century Victorian home of Alexander Ramsey offers "a glimpse into family and servant life" with guided tours; closed January 2 to May 31.

American Museum of Asmat Art

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
On display in The Gallery at Anderson Student Center.

Assumption Church

51 Seventh St. W.
A Roman Catholic church built in 1871 with a self-guided tour brochure available online.

Cathedral of Saint Paul

239 Selby Ave.
One of the city's most recognizable buildings since it was completed in 1915; tours most weekdays at 1 p.m.

Dr. Chocolate's Chocolate Chateau

579 Selby Ave.
A gourmet chocolate shop, cafe, gift store, and event space in the Trott/Birch House on Cathedral Hill.

Germanic-American Institute

301 Summit Ave.
Fosters understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the German speaking peoples.

Gibbs Museum

2097 Larpenteur Ave. W.
Summer Day Camps re-create the pioneer and Dakota life; closed mid-November to mid-April.

Goldstein Museum of Design

University of Minnesota, McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
The only design museum in the Upper Midwest.

Governor’s Residence

1006 Summit Ave.
Summer tours in June, July, and August; holiday tours in December.

Historic Fort Snelling

200 Tower Avenue (Hwys 5 & 55)
1820s military post and prison with costumed guides and demos; open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day.

Jackson Street Roundhouse

Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.
Kids of all ages enjoy the railroading experience at this former steam engine maintenance facility; open Wednesday and Saturday year round.

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Ave.
Hill's red sandstone mansion from the gilded age was completed in 1891; 75-minute guided tours Wednesday through Saturday.

Julian H. Sleeper House

66 St. Albans St. S.
Tour the dream home of this Saint Paul entrepreneur, real estate speculator, and theatrical promoter; nine decorative exhibition rooms (by appointment only).

Landmark Center

75 Fifth St.
The downtown cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and countless special events.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

10 Seventh St. W.
A hands-on teaching and learning environment for children age six months to 10 years; closed Monday.

Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd. W.
An interactive museum with changing exhibits that inform and inspire; free admission on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Minnesota Korean War Veterans’ Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
Installed in 1998, the complex bronze statues and paving stones stand in memory of the war years from 1950 to 1955.

Minnesota Museum of American Art

The Pioneer Building
Fourth and Robert streets
The new MMAA is open! Come visit.

Minnesota State Capitol

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and opened in 1905; plan ahead for a theme tour, or choose the 45-minute overview (free, on the hour).

Minnesota Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
Dedicated in 1992, this granite memorial honors the 68,000 Minnesotans who served.

Old Muskego Church

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave.
Built in Racine, Wisconsin, by Norwegian immigrants, the log church was moved to Luther in 1904; contact the information desk for tour information.

Pig's Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific & Natural Area

Ramsey County Twp 28N Rng 22W Sec 14,15,22,23 (See web page for directions.)
This metropolitan site, named after its famous settler, is notable for being one of the largest nesting sites for colonial waterbirds within the state. Species that nest in the rookery include great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, double-crested cormorants, and yellow crowned night heron.

Ramsey County Courthouse and Saint Paul City Hall

15 Kellogg Blvd. W.
This 21-story art deco high-rise includes Carl Milles' imposing statue, Vision of Peace; self-guided tours and by appointment during weekday work hours.

Raptor Center

University of Minnesota
1920 Fitch Ave.
A learning center that's hospital and home to birds of prey; closed on Monday and University holidays.

Roy Wilkins Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
Designed by Curtis Patterson, and erected in 1995 to honor prominent civil rights activist Roy Wilkins.

Saint Paul Central Library

90 Fourth St. W.
Italian Renaissance revival building completed in 1917; guided tours available the first Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

The Schubert Club Museum

Landmark Center
75 Fifth St. W.
An interpretive guide to keyboards, the recital tradition, and an Ordway manuscript collection; Sunday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. (free).

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd. W.
Dynamic traveling exhibits, and science movie thrills at the Omnitheater.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Bandana Square, Ste. 222
1021 East Bandana Blvd.
State-of-the-art miniature railroads plus a toy train division; American Flyer, Lionel, K-Line, MTH, and other formats.

Union Depot

214 4th Street East
Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul has been revitalized into a multimodal transportation hub with regional and national significance. The 33-acre site has being transformed from a defunct rail station to an active transportation center in the heart of a thriving urban neighborhood. Union Depot is a historic gem that is the terminus of Twin Cities’ newest LRT line, connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Wabasha Street Caves

215 Wabasha St. South
Cave tours Thursday at 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Gangster tours Saturday at noon.