Minnesota Historical Society to reopen Saturday (assuming budget is resolved)

Just minutes before the special legislative session was slated to begin Tuesday, the Minnesota Historical Society announced that it will reopen its 26 sites and museums on Saturday, after a three-week closure caused by the budget shutdown.

Of course, officials noted: “This reopening schedule is contingent upon the passage of a budget bill by the legislature and signing by the Governor.”

The society’s two music series will also resume after the shutdown:

  • The first Mill City Live concert at Mill City Museum will be Thursday, July 22.
  • The first “9 Nights of Music” concert at the Minnesota History Center will be Tuesday, July 26.

 Officials estimate that the shutdown meant a loss of about 40,000 visitors to the society sites.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Dan Beck on 07/19/2011 - 08:23 pm.

    As an MHS employee (with a little too much time on my hands right now), I’d like to extend an unofficial “welcome back” to the people of Minnesota. Did the shutdown prove how much Minnesotans need the services provided by state government? That will be for individuals to decide. But it sure proved to me how much the Historical Society needs the public. Waking up in the morning knowing that our facilities would sit empty, our programs and services unused, really put a knot in my stomach. So come on out and visit us at the History Center or one of our 26 historic sites. I know you’ll be greeted by people who, like me, will be very glad to see you.

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