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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 opening of HHM's newest 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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Unexpected Art

Surface design inspired by museum collections

Art often shows up in unexpected places. A brass doorknob, a painted feather, or a pacemaker can become an evening dress — if you know how to look at them. Artist Becka Rahn dug deeper into the collections at The Museum of Russian Art, The Bakken Museum, and Hennepin History Museum to find items that have been hidden away, unnoticed, or overlooked. Drawing inspiration from these forgotten objects, Becka created new surface designs which were digitally printed onto fabric and paper, transforming unexpected items into new pieces of art.

Learn more about Becka Rahn at Becka Rahn: Fiber Art
Becka is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possibly by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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.

January 27 through April 30

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Skid Row Minneapolis:

The Faces and Places of Downtown's Gateway District in its Final Years
Photographed by the City of Minneapolis and John "Johnny Rex" Bacich

"Not a trace of it now." That's how John Bacich described the Gateway District in Minneapolis barely 25 years after the largest downtown urban renewal project of its kind wiped out the city's historic core. Yet a remarkably rich photographic record of the old Skid Row remains.
This exhibit brings together a selections of photographs from two collections: the Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority (now the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development) and Bacich's personal snapshots of the men who lived in his flophouse.

This traveling exhibition was compiled by the Mill City Museum and curated by James Eli Shiffer, author of The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

January 27 through May 28