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Hennepin History Museum's exhibitions highlight the diverse and rich history of Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota.

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The Auto Show

Join us for the HHM's exhibition, "The Auto Show." It's a drive through time from Hennepin County's earliest "horseless carriages" through the rise of local suburbs, shopping malls, and drive-ins! The good, the bad, the ugly.. it's all here, it's all fascinating, and it continues to shape our lives today.

February 23 through August 20

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Preservation Advocacy Exhibit

In partnership with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and Preserve Minneapolis, Hennepin History Museum is hosting a pop-up exhibit during the month of August focusing on grassroots efforts to preserve homes, buildings, and communities in Hennepin County. Through both historic and modern photos, interactive activities, and community conversations, we invite you to engage in discourses around preservation and its intersections with communities, politics, and sustainability.

Join us on August 17 for a conversation about advocating for the places that are important to us and how we can be preservationists in our own communities. We will hear from preservation advocates involved with saving places ‐ from the historic homes of the Healy Block Residential Historic District, the Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, and the Burma Shave building.

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

August 10 through August 23

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History en Plein Air

Members of Outdoor Painters of Minnesota show their contempory art based on the 175-year-old tradition of plein air landscape painting. From oil paints to pastels, these artists share a love of painting in the open air, or en plein air. Their work shows how this fresh approach gives a different result than a studio painting.

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Opening Reception June 15, 6 - 8 PM free and open to to the public.

June 16 through September 17

Image:Turtle Fountain by Michelle Combs

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Artist's Paradise

Urban & Rural Landscapes

Please join us for our exhibition,"Artist's Paradise: Urban and Rural Landscapes," featuring rarely seen local landscape art from Hennepin History's collection!

See Loring Park through the eyes of a 19th century artist... while it was still an orchard in the rural outskirts of the city.
Enjoy multiple perspectives on longtime favorite Hennepin County icon, Minnehaha Falls.
Check out the Chain of Lakes as they were painted in the 1870s and 1880s.
Ponder 1990s Eden Prairie as seen through the lens of a contemporary photographer working with vintage equipment.

Included in admission: $5 adults, $3 senior/student, free for 6 and under. Free for HHM members (memberships start at only $35)

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

May 11 through October 15