Alexander Ramsey House. Photo: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

Alexander Ramsey House

265 South Exchange Street
Built by Minnesota’s first territorial governor, the Victorian-era Alexander Ramsey House offer a glimpse into 1870s family and servant life with guided tours.

American Museum of Asmat Art

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
The University of St. Thomas hosts a comprehensive collection of Asmat art in the Anderson Student Center.

Cathedral of Saint Paul

239 Selby Avenue
One of the city’s most recognizable buildings since it was completed in 1915, the Cathedral of Saint Paul offers guided tours Tuesday–Friday at 1 p.m. (except holy days and civil holidays).

Church of the Assumption

51 West Seventh Street
This Roman Catholic church, built in 1871, welcomes visitors to explore the historic space, such as the church’s original confessional. Brochures for self-guided tours are available online and in the church.

Germanic-American Institute

301 Summit Avenue
This nonprofit fosters understanding of the culture, language, arts, and ongoing history of the Germany speaking peoples. Open to the public for free self-guided tours Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided tours are offered at the Holiday Open Haus (first weekend in December) and Deutsche Tage (second weekend in June). Authentic ratskeller in the lower level.

Gibbs Farm

2097 West Larpenteur Avenue
This historic farm museum is open to the public on summer weekends, May through October. Costumed interpreters re-create pioneer and Dakota life in the mid-1800s. The farm offers a variety of day camps for children ages 4-13.

Goldstein Museum of Design

University of Minnesota, 364 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
The only design museum in the Upper Midwest.

Governor’s Residence

1006 Summit Avenue
Built in 1912 in the Beaux Arts style. Offering tours on limited dates in June, July, and August, as well as a holiday tour in December.

Historic Fort Snelling

200 Tower Avenue (Hwys 5 & 55)
Witness a slice of history at this military post and prison overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Built in the 1820s, the fort is staffed with costumed guides representing different eras of U.S. military history. Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. $12 admission.

George Latimer Central Library

90 West Fourth Street
This gorgeous Italian Renaissance Revival building is the heart of the Saint Paul Public Library system. Completed in 1917, it houses approximately 350,000 books. Call in advance to schedule a tour.

Jackson Street Roundhouse

Minnesota Transportation Museum
193 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Interactive museum devoted to the railroading experience, housed in a steam engine maintenance facility built by James J. Hill. Open Wednesday and Saturday year round, with short train rides every Saturday. Experience a genuine operating roundhouse turntable. $12 admission.

James J. Hill House

240 Summit Avenue
The 1891 home of Great Northern Railway tycoon James J. Hill, this National Historic Landmark welcomes visitors for 75-minute guided tours Wednesday through Sunday ($10 admission). A highlight is the spacious, two-story, skylit art gallery designed to showcase Hill’s collection of French landscape paintings. Guests can visit the gallery, open seven days a week, as part of the tour or on their own for $2.

Julian H. Sleeper House

66 South St. Albans Street
Tour the dream home of Saint Paul entrepreneur, real estate speculator, and theatrical promoter Julian H. Sleeper, with nine decorative exhibition rooms. By appointment only.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Installed in 1998, the complex bronze statues and paving stones stand in memory of the war years from 1950 to 1955.

Landmark Center

75 West Fifth Street
The stunning Landmark Center was completed in 1902 and originally housed the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest. Today it serves as a downtown cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and countless special events. Occupants include the Schubert Club Museum, the Ramsey County Historical Society Gallery, and the American Association of Woodturners Gallery.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

10 West Seventh Street
Sparking learning through play, this hands-on museum provides creative, colorful, educational, and safe environments for children age 6 months to 10 years to explore and discover. Closed Monday. $9.95 admission.

Minnesota History Center

345 West Kellogg Boulevard
Crouch in a 1965 basement to relive the historic Fridley tornadoes, see Prince’s Purple Rain suit, and ride a Twin Cities streetcar. Explore Minnesota history and pop culture through interactive, multimedia museum exhibits. $12 admission. Closed Monday; free Tuesday 5-8 p.m.

Minnesota Museum of American Art

141 East Fourth Street
The MMAA Project Space features a diverse collection of art from the 19th century to the present. Open Thursday–Sunday.

Minnesota State Capitol

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Architectural masterpiece designed by architect Cass Gilbert and opened in 1905. The Capitol is undergoing a three-year restoration project and closed to the public until 2017.

Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Dedicated in 1992, this granite memorial honors the 68,000 Minnesotans who served.

Old Muskego Church

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
Built in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1845 by Norwegian immigrants as the first Norwegian Lutheran church in the United States, the log church was moved to Luther Seminary in 1904. Call for tour information.

Pig’s Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific & Natural Area

Red Rock Road, near the intersection of Interstate 494 and U.S. Highway 10
Located where Pig’s Eye Lake flows into the Mississippi River, this metropolitan site, named after its famous settler, is notable for being one of the state’s largest nesting sites for colonial waterbirds. Species that nest in the rookery include great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night-heron, double-crested cormorants, and yellow crowned night heron.

Ramsey County Courthouse and Saint Paul City Hall

15 West Kellogg Boulevard
This 21-story art deco high-rise includes Carl Milles’ imposing statue, Vision of Peace. Open to the public for self-guided tours Monday–Friday or 60-minute guided tours on Monday.

Raptor Center

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
1920 Fitch Avenue
A learning center that is hospital and home to eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons; 30-minute tours available Tuesday–Sunday for $5.

Roy Wilkins Memorial

State Capitol Grounds
Also known as the Spirals of Justice, the memorial was designed by Curtis Patterson and erected in 1995 to honor prominent civil rights activist Roy Wilkins.

Schubert Club Museum

Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street, Second Floor
Step back in time to hear music boxes and phonographs dating to 1900, view correspondence from famous composers, and experiment with unique instruments at this free museum devoted to the joys of music-making through the centuries. Closed Saturday.

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 West Kellogg Boulevard
The most popular museum in Minnesota, featuring dinosaurs, Native American displays, always-cool visiting exhibits, and science movie thrills at the giant dome screen of the Omnitheater. Closed Monday. $13 admission, extra for traveling exhibits and Omnitheater.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum

668 Transfer Road, Suite 8
State-of-the-art model panorama of Twin Cities railroads during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Open Saturday and Sunday. $5 admission.

Union Depot

214 East 4th Street
A historic gem revitalized from a defunct rail station into a multimodal transportation hub with regional and national significance. The terminus of the Twin Cities’ newest LRT line connecting the downtowns of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Free 60-minute tours are available every other Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Wabasha Street Caves

215 South Wabasha Street
Carved into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, these historic caves once housed a speakeasy that legend says was patronized by the gangster John Dillinger. Today the caves offer a variety of themed tours, including the Gangster Tour ($24), the ghostly Lost Souls Tour ($10), and the Historic Walking Tour ($6).