Minnesota Military Museum

Camp Ripley

15000 Highway 115

Little Falls, MN 56345

 Local: 320-616-6050

 DSN: 871-7374


May through September: Open Daily 10-5 including national holidays

October through April:   Open Thursdays & Fridays 9-4 except national holidays

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The Military Historical Society of Minnesota, Inc. (MHSM), is a non-profit educational organization chartered in 1976 to preserve and explain Minnesota's military history.  It is recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Minnesota Military Museum is the principal activity of MHSM.   Governed by a Board of Directors, MHSM operates the museum as a public/private partnership in cooperation with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History.  The Board appoints the Executive Director and the Curator

Most of the operating funds needed for the museum come from private sources: gifts and grants, admissions fees, gift shop sales, and income from investments. A legislative allocation covers the remaining amount (about 30 percent). 

You can support the museum by becoming a member of the Military Historical Society of Minnesota.


Executive Committee

Nicholas Ostapenko, Duluth – President

Tim Meininger, Duluth – Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Stephen E. Osman, Minneapolis – Vice President for Programs

Paul Monteen, Coon Rapids – Vice President for Personnel

Thomas D. Chial, White Bear Lake – Secretary

Jeffrey A. Thielen, Little Falls - ex officio as Executive Director

Douglas P. Bekke, Minneapolis - ex officio as Curator


Dean R. Ascheman, Rosemount

Robert Boone, Cambridge

Lyle C. Doerr, Stillwater 

Douglas R. Hanson, Atwater

Jack K. Johnson, Stillwater

Betty Masoner, Bemidji

Frank A. Messina, Duluth

Richard C. Nash, New Prague

Mark Ritchie, Minneapolis

Jon van der Hagen, Baxter

Mark A. Vargas, St. Cloud

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