Tripping through Minnesota can be just as exciting, fun and educational as traveling through Europe, and the cost to fun ratio is certainly a lot easier on the wallet.  It is just human nature to plan trips to other parts of the country and to other continents because we can always visit places close to home, right?   Unfortunately, we put those places located in our back yard at the bottom of the bucket list.

You do not have to be a history buff to enjoy learning about the role Minnesota played in the development of the United States, its rich past and its vibrant future.  Nor do you have to have a pocket full of cash to explore Minnesota.  A Minnesota Historical Society annual membership is without a  doubt one of the best investments you will make.  Not only does it give you free admission to 26 sites and museums in Minnesota, but it includes benefits ranging from free admission and parking to reduced admission and gift shop discounts in over 250 sites in over 40 states across the country.  This is part of the Time Travelers reciprocal program.

A few of the 26 sites you will visit in Minnesota are the Split Rock Lighthouse – claimed to be the most photographed light house in the country, Mill City Museum – a unique museum built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill,  James J Hill House – built by the founder of the Great Northern Railroad, Lac qui Parle Mission in Watson, Charles A Lindberg Historic Site in Little Falls, Historic Forestville in southeast Minnesota and Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey.  A complete list of all 26 historical sites can be found  at


What does it cost you to discover Minnesota?   A Minnesota Historical Society membership gives you the best deal for your dollar, costing only $75 to receive unlimited free admission to all 26 Minnesota historical sites and reduced admission for special tours and events.  This annual household membership includes 2 adults and all children in the household, plus any grandchildren you may have. This is quite a savings. Even at the reasonable individual day pass rates for the sites, the cost adds up. If you are a family of four and were to visit two sites: Split Rock Lighthouse and Mill City Museum, the cost would total $64. Add in a third site and you have just paid for your annual household membership.

In comparison to other summer fun, this is a steal. With a family of four, one day at a local fair or amusement park will easily cost as much, admission to the movie theater twice would cost more, and many water park household seasonal passes often run as much as $300. With $75, families can take advantage of unlimited annual visits to unique and memorable spots.

Other membership levels can be found on the Minnesota Historical Society .

Reciprocal sites nationwide are identified on an interactive map.  Just click on the icon in the area you will be visiting, and the site and address will pop up.  If you click on the site, you will go to its website and see the benefits you will receive at that fun and interesting location. .

We live in an amazing State and an awesome Country!  Discover Minnesota – Discover America!


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