In 1990, the City of Eden Prairie joined nationwide efforts to preserve and protect irreplaceable historic resources by enacting the Heritage Preservation Site Program and establishing the Heritage Preservation Commission.
The Heritage Preservation Site Program encourages Eden Prairie’s history to be remembered through the preservation of historic buildings, documents and sites. Eden Prairie has more than 200 historic resources and two properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Heritage Preservation Commission, a seven-member panel, provides a forum for increasing public awareness of historic buildings, structures, landscapes and objects.
All of the historical studies, files and records are open to the public. They are available for general viewing or for research by calling the City’s Planning Division.
An Eden Prairie Heritage Sites interactive map is also available for viewing.
Eden Prairie has two organized volunteer groups interested in local history and historical resources, the City's Heritage Preservation Commission and the Eden Prairie Historical Society.
The City-run Heritage Preservation Commission is responsible for:
- Ongoing identification, evaluation and protection of historic properties
- Researching and recommending properties to the City Council for designation as Heritage Preservation Sites
- Preparing preservation plans and providing technical assistance — for City-owned historic properties, the Commission is responsible for providing a site-specific treatment approach and maintenance guidelines
- Provide outreach programs and educational information
The private, non-profit Eden Prairie Historical Society is responsible for:
- The acquisition, preservation, display and recording of historical artifacts
- The recording, cataloguing and preservation of historical records and information
- Furnishing the City-owned historic properties with artifacts and/or displays
- Cosponsoring community historical events
- Operating the Eden Prairie History Museum for the community
To learn more about the Eden Prairie Historical Society, visit edenprairiehistory.org.
Eden Prairie History Museum
The rich history of Eden Prairie is captured in the History Museum run independently by the Eden Prairie Historical Society. The museum is located in lower level of City Center and is open Mondays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or call 952-949-8580 to make an appointment.