Somalis + Minnesota

Minnesota is home to more than 57,000 Somalis, more than any other state. In this 2,400-square-foot exhibition, designed in partnership with the Somali Museum of Minnesota, the East African country gets its first long-term exhibition in the state. Poetry, photography, oral histories and murals by local Somali artists fill the show, which also touches on Somalia’s history of colonialism by England, France and Italy, as well as the 1991 civil war that forced people to flee. There is even an aqal Soomaali, a nomadic dwelling that can be packed up and put onto camels’ backs, positioned against a background of blue skies and desert. (10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends June 9, 2019. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-259-3000 or

Alicia Eler