ST. Paul -- There have been many wow moments in Minnesota state history and in just a few weeks, you'll be able to see some of the biggest moments up close and personal.
The Minnesota Historical Society is ready to open "Then Now Wow," their largest exhibit ever. Recently, we got a preview of the 14-thousand square foot project which is still under construction. Here's what you will eventually see.
Explore Minnesota's history in the prairies, forests and cities, interacting with the people and animals who have made their homes here.
On your journey, you will:
Ride a Twin Cities streetcar and peek out the windows as different times and places go by.
Descend underground into an Iron Range mine and drill the ore.
Sit in a modern tipi and learn about Dakota history and culture through Bobby Wilson's poetry and visual art.
Visit a pioneer family and imagine what life was like in an 1870s sod house.
Hitch a ride on a Soo Line boxcar through Southwestern Minnesota and learn about the history of the area through original music by Charlie Parr.
Learn about the fur trade from the perspective of its main commodity, the beaver.
See the emergency exit door from the school bus involved in the I-35W bridge collapse signed by all the children and adults aboard the bus.
While designed for school-aged children, this exhibit is perfect for everyone who wants to learn more about Minnesota.
THEN NOW WOW
Minnesota History Center
Opens to the public on November. 23, 2012.
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