Nine Nights of Music @ MN History Center

There are SO MANY summer outdoor music venues in Saint Paul, but the History Museum adds a little something extra to your Tuesday nights in July and August – you’ve gotta bring the Grands!

For starters, admission to the History Museum is FREE on these nights from 3-8pm. Many of these nights, from 6-8pm, you can watch as Minnesota artist David Geister paints a 30-foot mural in front of visitors during the run of the WW1 America exhibit. The mural depicts 100 key individuals who have influenced the making of post-WW1 America. In addition to seeing the artist at work, visitors can meet Geister, discuss the work and contribute ideas that will inform how Geister completes the mural. He might even hand the kids a paintbrush. Check the event calendar at for dates.

And then there is the WW1 Exhibit itself: Encounter extraordinary people and nation-shaking movements — from mass immigration, women's suffrage, racial politics and the Great Migration, to daily life and popular culture. View dozens of original artifacts, discover stories of legendary and unsung Americans who shaped history, and learn how the war transformed America into a world leader.

Out on the patio, dance instruction provided by Tapestry Folk Dance Center (with recorded music) starts at 6:30pm. Listen to infectious music and get out your dancing shoes for saucy Salsa, spicy Cajun, and bluegrass as instructors to lead the way.

7-8:30pm is the live music and dancing.

Bring chairs or a blanket and picnic, or purchase food from the History Center's Market House by D’Amico (no outside alcohol is permitted.)

Rain plan decisions will be made by 3pm the day of show: Due to inclement weather, the performances will be held inside the History Center's 3M Auditorium with a seating capacity of 330. Beginning at 5 p.m., numbered tickets that guarantee seating will be distributed in front of the 3M Auditorium on Level 1.

Parking is available in the History Center lot, but if that fills up here are alternate parking options:

  •  Metered parking available for $6 at the Kellogg Center (across the street from the History  Center
  •  Free parking after 5 p.m. at the Veteran's lot
  •  Free parking at meters after 6 p.m. near the State Capitol
  •  Smith Parking Ramp at Kellogg & 7th street is a pay lot

·Warning! Parking near the Cathedral is by permit only and you might be ticketed! Avoid parking on College Street, Mulberry Street, Old Kellogg Blvd. and Old Summit Blvd.

Nine Nights starts Tuesday, July 4th with Salsa del Sol. Check out the full schedule HERE.