Welcome to the Edina History Museum
Free admission to exhibits and research library
The Edina History Museum houses two exhibit galleries, a research library, a gift shop, office space and collections storage.
The museum is located in the former home of Morten and Katherin Arneson, who owned a nursery business in St. Louis Park and enjoyed gardening at their Edina home. Envisioning an open green space with flowers for the benefit of all residents, the Arnesons donated their house, land, and greenhouse to the city.
In 1988, the Edina Centennial Committee raised more than $220,000 to build an addition onto the Arneson house for exhibit space and to renovate the building. The addition uses architectural remnants recovered from Edina's 1920 Wooddale School, including auditorium seats, wood trim, gym floor and distinctive arched doorways.
Beautiful Arneson Acres, a 14-acre city park includes a fountain, benches, gazebo and extensive formal gardens planted and maintained by the Edina Garden Council and City of Edina Parks department.
Regular museum hours: The museum is open Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, Third Thursdays of the month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m,. or by appointment. Help us increase our hours by supporting us through donations or membership. The museum is closed on major holidays. During inclement weather, call the museum at 612-928-4577 to make sure we're open before heading out.
Admission: Free. A donation of $3 per person is appreciated.
Group tours: The museum is staffed by a part-time director, part-time curator, and volunteers. We try to accommodate special requests by groups, but please allow two to four weeks' advance notice so that we can schedule a volunteer docent. Tours outside of regular museum hours will be charged $3 per person, with a minimum of $25 per hour.
Handicapped accessibility: The museum is located on the upper level of Arneson House and can be accessed by an outdoor ramp. The building does not have an elevator. Bathrooms on both levels are handicapped accessible.
Room rental: If your group would like to book meeting space before or after a group tour, consider gathering at Arneson Acres' Terrace Room. The museum's lower-level room that overlooks the 14-acre park. A gazebo, located in the formal gardens, also is available for rental from the City of Edina. For rates and availability, contact the City of Edina Park and Rec Department at 952-826-0367. (Room rental price does not include the group tour fee.)
Smaller groups may reserve the Museum Library meeting room on the upper level for $25 per hour by calling the Edina Historical Society at 612-928-4577. Please allow two to four weeks advance notice. A large conference table seats 14 comfortably with additional folding chair seating available.
Parking: A parking lot and some on-street parking is available. During large events, overflow parking is available at Christ Presbyterian Church, located across 70th Street.
Location: The Edina History Museum, 4711 W. 70th Street, is located 1 1/2 blocks east of Highway 100 on 70th Street in Arneson Acres Park. From Highway 100, take the 70th Street exit and turn east. The museum entrance is on the south side of the street and marked by a large Arneson Acres Park sign. See map.