Seeing history gets more expensive

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 3, 2011 - 9:26 PM

Admission to most Minnesota Historical Society museums and historic sites is going up by $1 because of state budget cuts.

As of last week's increase, the Minnesota History Center, Historic Fort Snelling and the Mill City Museum now charge $11 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. Other attractions, including the James J. Hill House and Split Rock Lighthouse, charge $9 for adults, while the Charles A. Lindbergh House and Mille Lacs Indian Museum charge adults $8. At formerly free guided tours of the State Capitol, visitors will be asked for a $5 donation.

A complete list of admission fees is available online at www.startribune.com/a849.

At all sites, historical society members and children ages 5 and under are admitted free. The History Center will continue to offer free admission on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

The society, which was established in 1849, had its state funding cut by $1.6 million this year. State funding makes up more than half of the Historical Society's budget, but state support for the society's operating budget has been cut by nearly 25 percent since 2001, resulting in shortened hours at many sites.

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