2014 marked the grand opening of the West End Market – the largest redevelopment of the fairgrounds since the 1930s. The new State Fair History & Heritage Center is the featured education attraction of the West End Market. The State Fair and the Minnesota Historical Society have developed an engaging exhibition that brings the history of the fair to life for visitors of all ages. 

To help fund the new museum and several other components of the West End Market, the Foundation launched a multi-million fundraising campaign in late 2013.  As of the end of our campaign in June 2015, we are pleased to report that generous donors contributed more than $4 million! 

We invite you to join us in celebrating the State Fair’s history. Help support future projects with a contribution to the Foundation’s History & Heritage Fund.

Donate to State Fair History and Heritage


Foundation donors have supported:

History & Heritage Center and West End Market
Grandstand Marquee
J.V. Bailey House
Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum
Minnesota History Day at the State Fair
State Fair Archives
State Fair History Walking and Cell Phone Tour


To inquire about other History & Heritage projects and needs, contact 651-288-4327 or info@msffoundation.org.