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Minnesota History Center

Saint Paul , MN
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LOCATION

345 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul, MN 55102 US (map)

PHONE

651-259-3033

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Nestled in downtown St. Paul between the St. Paul Cathedral and the state Capitol,
the Minnesota History Center is a stunning venue for couples with discerning taste in both... Read more
Nestled in downtown St. Paul between the St. Paul Cathedral and the state Capitol,
the Minnesota History Center is a stunning venue for couples with discerning taste in both architecture and ambiance.

In partnership with the renowned Bon Appetit Management Company, the Minnesota History Center strives
to create events that begin with remarkable service and end with experiences that guests will take with them
long after the evening is complete.

From creating an exclusive menu that reflects the extraordinary facets of each relationship to
capturing each individual detail with precision and flair, a wedding at the Minnesota History Center
is the quintessential way to turn one day into the beginning of a family history. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
20
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Modern, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
450
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

REVIEWS

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Ashley
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Five stars across the board for the Minnesota History Center - I would give them 6 stars if I could! This is a really special venue that provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding day. Working with Brittany and her team was a pleasure! They made everything so easy for us from beginning to end. She really took a lot of weight off of our shoulders during both the planning process and the day of the wedding.

If you're looking to capture some phenomenal photos of your wedding day, you can't get much better than the History Center. It is right in the middle of downtown, so you get amazing skyline views of the city, the capitol building, and the cathedral. Our guests had the option to stay inside or venture outside for photos and cocktails - everyone raved about what a gorgeous venue it was! The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that the capitol building (the focal point of the dancefloor/ceremony room) was under construction at the time and full of scaffolding. As the capitol seems to be under construction every other year, I would consider double-checking before you book if that is important to you.

Bon Appetit catering was dynamite! Every guest I talked to raved about the food. When my husband and I sat down for our food tasting, we had a hard time deciding which dishes to pick - they were all THAT good. The food service the day-of was also top notch. It's rare to host a plated dinner and have everyone get their food and eat at the same time, but the staff were amazing and everyone was eating and enjoying dinner simultaneously.

Another bonus (especially if you have lots of kids attending) is that the exhibits are open, free of charge, to your guests the day of the wedding. This is a great way to keep guests from out of town occupied without making them drive too far.

If you're looking for a unique, beautiful venue and delicious food, choose the History Center! I cannot say how happy we are that we chose them!!
Five stars across the board for the Minnesota History Center - I would give them 6 stars if I could! This is a really Read more...
Five stars across the board for the Minnesota History Center - I would give them 6 stars if I could! This is a really special venue that provided the perfect backdrop for our wedding day. Working with Brittany and her team was a pleasure! They made everything so easy for us from beginning to end. She really took a lot of weight off of our shoulders during both the planning process and the day of the wedding.

If you're looking to capture some phenomenal photos of your wedding day, you can't get much better than the History Center. It is right in the middle of downtown, so you get amazing skyline views of the city, the capitol building, and the cathedral. Our guests had the option to stay inside or venture outside for photos and cocktails - everyone raved about what a gorgeous venue it was! The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that the capitol building (the focal point of the dancefloor/ceremony room) was under construction at the time and full of scaffolding. As the capitol seems to be under construction every other year, I would consider double-checking before you book if that is important to you.

Bon Appetit catering was dynamite! Every guest I talked to raved about the food. When my husband and I sat down for our food tasting, we had a hard time deciding which dishes to pick - they were all THAT good. The food service the day-of was also top notch. It's rare to host a plated dinner and have everyone get their food and eat at the same time, but the staff were amazing and everyone was eating and enjoying dinner simultaneously.

Another bonus (especially if you have lots of kids attending) is that the exhibits are open, free of charge, to your guests the day of the wedding. This is a great way to keep guests from out of town occupied without making them drive too far.

If you're looking for a unique, beautiful venue and delicious food, choose the History Center! I cannot say how happy we are that we chose them!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.2/5.0
Venue: Very pretty, stately -- close to St. Paul Hotel or University Club for grandeur and a step up from all the "trendy" ones with exposed beams, etc. But challenges with the venue are: (I) dinner space is rotunda, with huge hole in the middle; (ii) lots of moving around from ceremony to social hour to dinner to dancing; (iii) ceremony can't start before 6:30; (iv) pay parking for guests; (v) no grooms room before wedding (pay if you want one); (vi) tough acoustics.

Catering: You are forced to use Bon Appetit. Food was good, but problems are: (i) coordinators can be tough (Christie was terrible, but Sarah was good); (ii) so nickel and diming (had 3 or 4 updated estimates day of wedding, when costs were changing by a few hundred dollars one way or another; forced bride and groom to sign some invoice when arriving at venue; CHARGED FOR TASTING -- REALLY?; charge for bread; wanted to charge for video screen when you already pay the AV fee with no other "v" involved; and so on).

So overall, I would definitely pick the venue again -- but only with a different caterer (which currently isn't possible).
Venue: Very pretty, stately -- close to St. Paul Hotel or University Club for grandeur and a step up from all the "trendy" Read more...
Venue: Very pretty, stately -- close to St. Paul Hotel or University Club for grandeur and a step up from all the "trendy" ones with exposed beams, etc. But challenges with the venue are: (I) dinner space is rotunda, with huge hole in the middle; (ii) lots of moving around from ceremony to social hour to dinner to dancing; (iii) ceremony can't start before 6:30; (iv) pay parking for guests; (v) no grooms room before wedding (pay if you want one); (vi) tough acoustics.

Catering: You are forced to use Bon Appetit. Food was good, but problems are: (i) coordinators can be tough (Christie was terrible, but Sarah was good); (ii) so nickel and diming (had 3 or 4 updated estimates day of wedding, when costs were changing by a few hundred dollars one way or another; forced bride and groom to sign some invoice when arriving at venue; CHARGED FOR TASTING -- REALLY?; charge for bread; wanted to charge for video screen when you already pay the AV fee with no other "v" involved; and so on).

So overall, I would definitely pick the venue again -- but only with a different caterer (which currently isn't possible). Read less
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caraking
Wedding:
10/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Every single person who we spoke with at the wedding said it was, by far, the best party they had ever been to. Michelle and Christi were wonderful to work with. They provided us with a list of "preferred vendors", or people who know and can work with the space. I used all preferred vendors and the night went off without a hitch. I would absolutely recommend the Minnesota History Center for the wedding of your dreams.
Every single person who we spoke with at the wedding said it was, by far, the best party they had ever been to. Michelle Read more...
Every single person who we spoke with at the wedding said it was, by far, the best party they had ever been to. Michelle and Christi were wonderful to work with. They provided us with a list of "preferred vendors", or people who know and can work with the space. I used all preferred vendors and the night went off without a hitch. I would absolutely recommend the Minnesota History Center for the wedding of your dreams. Read less
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Lauren Gontarek
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.9/5.0
*BEST TWIN CITIES VENUE*!!

"Best wedding I've ever been to" was what guests kept raving about!

Contemporary design with beautiful architecture. Everything from the capitol lit up during the ceremony, to the St. Paul skyline and cathedral view on the patio during cocktail hour, the cool hanging plane during dinner, and capitol lit up with our blue uplighting for the pillars during the dance were awesome! The dance floor is stunning!

My only thing I wish could have been changed is if the ceremony could have started at 6pm. Due to it being a museum we were mindful of this, but it didn't deter us!

We got married 9-6-14 on a beautiful fall day both ceremony and reception at the History Center.

Brittany Greene and Sarah Johnson event coordinators that come with the site were both INCREDIBLE to work with during the whole wedding process. They were super quick to respond via email/phone for any questions. They are so detailed to make sure your day has all the personalized touches down to a T!

Bon appetit has excellent catering!

Our cello and violin playing during the ceremony echoed beautifully!

We used photomingle, props, and also had glowsticks to light up the night!

It may seem awkward at first with various areas from the ceremony->cocktail hour>dinner>reception..but it kept guests entertained and the scenery interesting!

Check out #mhcevents on their instagram and facebook page!

We would recommend this venue for anyone who wants to have a stellar wedding. :)
*BEST TWIN CITIES VENUE*!!

"Best wedding I've ever been to" was what guests kept raving about!

Read more...
*BEST TWIN CITIES VENUE*!!

"Best wedding I've ever been to" was what guests kept raving about!

Contemporary design with beautiful architecture. Everything from the capitol lit up during the ceremony, to the St. Paul skyline and cathedral view on the patio during cocktail hour, the cool hanging plane during dinner, and capitol lit up with our blue uplighting for the pillars during the dance were awesome! The dance floor is stunning!

My only thing I wish could have been changed is if the ceremony could have started at 6pm. Due to it being a museum we were mindful of this, but it didn't deter us!

We got married 9-6-14 on a beautiful fall day both ceremony and reception at the History Center.

Brittany Greene and Sarah Johnson event coordinators that come with the site were both INCREDIBLE to work with during the whole wedding process. They were super quick to respond via email/phone for any questions. They are so detailed to make sure your day has all the personalized touches down to a T!

Bon appetit has excellent catering!

Our cello and violin playing during the ceremony echoed beautifully!

We used photomingle, props, and also had glowsticks to light up the night!

It may seem awkward at first with various areas from the ceremony->cocktail hour>dinner>reception..but it kept guests entertained and the scenery interesting!

Check out #mhcevents on their instagram and facebook page!

We would recommend this venue for anyone who wants to have a stellar wedding. :) Read less
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VonnieN
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.8/5.0
The MN History Center is the best venue for to have a wedding! It is incredibly beautiful and spacious, since you can utilize all different levels. We worked mainly with Sarah on having both our ceremony and reception there. Originally the ceremony was going to be outside on the beautiful terrace, it ended up being severe thunderstorms the entire day and ended up using the great hall as our backup. Best backup spot ever, couldn't complain either way. Sarah was so great to work with, very responsive and put up with all our ridiculous questions! The food was unbelievable, seriously, so good! Our guests are still raving about it. The chef was so accommodating to make meals for our guests with lots of dietary restrictions, as well as, when we made a special request for pizza as our late night snack, he made the most gourmet and unforgettable pizza anyone has ever had. The only reason I didn't give a perfect rating was just due to the restrictions on the time (must be in the evening after the museum closes). They are very upfront about letting you know that and even so, it is well worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
The MN History Center is the best venue for to have a wedding! It is incredibly beautiful and spacious, since you can Read more...
The MN History Center is the best venue for to have a wedding! It is incredibly beautiful and spacious, since you can utilize all different levels. We worked mainly with Sarah on having both our ceremony and reception there. Originally the ceremony was going to be outside on the beautiful terrace, it ended up being severe thunderstorms the entire day and ended up using the great hall as our backup. Best backup spot ever, couldn't complain either way. Sarah was so great to work with, very responsive and put up with all our ridiculous questions! The food was unbelievable, seriously, so good! Our guests are still raving about it. The chef was so accommodating to make meals for our guests with lots of dietary restrictions, as well as, when we made a special request for pizza as our late night snack, he made the most gourmet and unforgettable pizza anyone has ever had. The only reason I didn't give a perfect rating was just due to the restrictions on the time (must be in the evening after the museum closes). They are very upfront about letting you know that and even so, it is well worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Karon
Wedding:
10/4/2013
4.4/5.0
We loved having our wedding at the History Center. They were very professional but did have restrictions on when you can have your wedding, only at night, and we're pretty expensive. You have to use their caterer but the food was outstanding. You can't taste the food before if you are doing passed hor douveres but could taste if you wanted plated meals. I am happy I chose them but very spendy!
We loved having our wedding at the History Center. They were very professional but did have restrictions on when you can Read more...
We loved having our wedding at the History Center. They were very professional but did have restrictions on when you can have your wedding, only at night, and we're pretty expensive. You have to use their caterer but the food was outstanding. You can't taste the food before if you are doing passed hor douveres but could taste if you wanted plated meals. I am happy I chose them but very spendy! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.6/5.0
The History Center is an extremely beautiful building and an amazing spot for a wedding. The food was really good and the staff was extremely nice. The only people who were rude were the security. I told them about a group of random strangers walking around the wedding and they didn't do anything about it they just gave me a rude reply.

I worked with both Sarah and Christie and they were both awesome and really helped make the day come together. They were both extremely responsive, nice, and helpful.

The week before the wedding people kept asking me why I was so calm and it was mostly because the History Center made everything so easy! They make sure every detail is covered and really go above and beyond to make your wedding day amazing. I couldn't have imagined my wedding day anywhere else!
The History Center is an extremely beautiful building and an amazing spot for a wedding. The food was really good and the Read more...
The History Center is an extremely beautiful building and an amazing spot for a wedding. The food was really good and the staff was extremely nice. The only people who were rude were the security. I told them about a group of random strangers walking around the wedding and they didn't do anything about it they just gave me a rude reply.

I worked with both Sarah and Christie and they were both awesome and really helped make the day come together. They were both extremely responsive, nice, and helpful.

The week before the wedding people kept asking me why I was so calm and it was mostly because the History Center made everything so easy! They make sure every detail is covered and really go above and beyond to make your wedding day amazing. I couldn't have imagined my wedding day anywhere else! Read less
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Katy
Wedding:
8/30/2013
5.0/5.0
The place was beautiful for ceremony and reception; Christie was awesome at coordinating all the details; the food was fantastic and they went out of their way to accommodate dietary requests; and they packed everything up for us at the end of the night, so cleanup was a breeze! Thank you!
The place was beautiful for ceremony and reception; Christie was awesome at coordinating all the details; the food was Read more...
The place was beautiful for ceremony and reception; Christie was awesome at coordinating all the details; the food was fantastic and they went out of their way to accommodate dietary requests; and they packed everything up for us at the end of the night, so cleanup was a breeze! Thank you! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
The History Center did a great job with catering! We had our ceremony and reception there, so they did all the food except for the cake for our wedding. My husband and I had a really busy day, so they set aside some of the appetizers for us during the marriage certificate signing, which was nice. We took a lot of time picking out the food, so we wanted to make sure we got some.

People also had really good things to say about the entrees. The butternut squash ravioli was AMAZING, so anyone and everyone should make sure to order that especially. We also requested that everyone in the wedding party, prior to the ceremony, only have clear liquids in the bridal lounge so there were no spills or stains. Maybe a little paranoid, but it was nice they were willing to do that. The wait staff was also professional and friendly. All in all a good experience!
The History Center did a great job with catering! We had our ceremony and reception there, so they did all the food except Read more...
The History Center did a great job with catering! We had our ceremony and reception there, so they did all the food except for the cake for our wedding. My husband and I had a really busy day, so they set aside some of the appetizers for us during the marriage certificate signing, which was nice. We took a lot of time picking out the food, so we wanted to make sure we got some.

People also had really good things to say about the entrees. The butternut squash ravioli was AMAZING, so anyone and everyone should make sure to order that especially. We also requested that everyone in the wedding party, prior to the ceremony, only have clear liquids in the bridal lounge so there were no spills or stains. Maybe a little paranoid, but it was nice they were willing to do that. The wait staff was also professional and friendly. All in all a good experience! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.8/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at the MHC. The entire night went so seamlessly and was incredibly fun. I worked with Christie throughout the process who was fantastic, extremely knowledgable, and quick to respond to many emails. She was there throughout the night orchestrating the event and coordinating with vendors. The bar and wait staff were also incredible and completely on top of everything that had been discussed with Christie. The food was fantastic, especially the served appetizers. Everything they did was impressive with respect to service and experience. If I HAD to search for any opportunity it would be the lack of flexibiity with timing since they are a museum, meaning no rehearsal the night before and limited time before the ceremony. However, this worked fine for us and the details of the limitations were known from the very beginning. Enjoy this location and its beauty (pictures are gorgeous)!
We had both our ceremony and reception at the MHC. The entire night went so seamlessly and was incredibly fun. I worked Read more...
We had both our ceremony and reception at the MHC. The entire night went so seamlessly and was incredibly fun. I worked with Christie throughout the process who was fantastic, extremely knowledgable, and quick to respond to many emails. She was there throughout the night orchestrating the event and coordinating with vendors. The bar and wait staff were also incredible and completely on top of everything that had been discussed with Christie. The food was fantastic, especially the served appetizers. Everything they did was impressive with respect to service and experience. If I HAD to search for any opportunity it would be the lack of flexibiity with timing since they are a museum, meaning no rehearsal the night before and limited time before the ceremony. However, this worked fine for us and the details of the limitations were known from the very beginning. Enjoy this location and its beauty (pictures are gorgeous)! Read less
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