Explore Local History

Experience Minnesota's past through interactive walking tours

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A First-Hand Look

Explore the rich history of Minnesota by taking a free self-guided tour of the state's most iconic neighborhoods and landmarks. All you need to take a self-guided tour is a GPS-capable mobile device and a sense of adventure.

Who is it for?

  • History buffs
  • Tourists looking for an authentic experience
  • Local residents who want to learn more about their city
  • Students and teachers interested in history
  • Anyone looking for a reason to get out of the house

How it Works

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Minnesota Then app to explore the rich history of Minnesota at your own pace. The tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on the touring process.

Take your time to absorb the information before you begin to appreciate the rich history of Minnesota. A better understanding of the tour process will allow you to concentrate on enjoying the immersive experience of uncovering new hidden gems and untold tales as you travel along your route.

Visit Minnesota's Hidden Gems

See our growing collection of historical locations. Immerse yourself in interactive exploration, one site at a time. Tap titles for details or icons for directions to captivating landmarks.

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Stay informed with the latest news. Explore new tours, upcoming events, and captivating developments. Immerse yourself in stories that enrich local heritage.

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Help Center

Visit the help center for self-guided local history tours. Find answers on duration, routes, landmarks, and more. Get essential information for a seamless journey.

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Share a story on Minnesota Then. Join our growing list of writers who contribute to preserving the rich heritage of Minnesota. Help uncover the state’s past.


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If you have any questions that weren't in the Help Center, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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