Hennepin History Museum's exhibitions highlight the diverse and rich history of Hennepin County, the largest county in Minnesota. From urban to suburban to rural, Hennepin County has it all!

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Members are an essential part of Hennepin History Museum. Membership benefits include free admission to the museum (including all Fireside Chats!), the archives, a discount in the Museum Store, and a subscription to Hennepin History.

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Hennepin History Museum is a busy place, and hosts a wide variety of events and activities, including our signature Fireside Chat series, First Free Thursdays, exhibition openings, special tours, book signings, and traditional artist demonstrations.


About Us

Our Location 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Gallery Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Library Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

The museum is closed on all major US holidays.


Adults $8.00
Seniors/Students $5.00
Children 6 and under - Free
HHM Members - Free

We are located a half block north of Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Museum visitors may park in the museum parking lot.

We regret to inform you that our building is not fully accessible and does require climbing stairs.

HHM History The Christian Mansion

Christian Mansion

Hennepin History Museum was officially founded as the Hennepin County Historical Society in 1938, although it has roots extending back to the 1858 founding of the Territorial Pioneers Association. The museum's first home was located in St. Louis Park's City Hall; in the 1940s, the expanding organization moved to a location on Harmon Place in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. In 1958, the Hennepin County Historical Society purchased the George Christian Mansion to house its growing collections. The space in the sprawling 44-room mansion gave the museum room to expand its education and exhibition programs, and to continue to add to its historical collections. In the 1980s, the organization's name was officially changed to Hennepin History Museum. We remain in the historic Christian Mansion, where we continue to offer the public a wide range of exhibitions, educational programming, and access to our extensive collections.



Kim Wm. Jeppesen, President
Tina Sanz, Vice President
Becka Rahn, Secretary
Shawn Hartfeldt, Treasurer
Chuck Ballentine
Jacqueline DeVries
Catherine Fleming
Barb Grahn
Kendal Killian
Pamela Moore
Bridget Sullivan
Becky Timm

Ex-Officio Members
Commissioner Irene Fernando (Principal Aide Bill Emory)
Commissioner Debbie Goettel (Principal Aide Casey Krolczyk)


John Crippen, Executive Director john.crippen@hennepinhistory.org
James Bacigalupo, Office Manager james.bacigalupo@hennepinhistory.org
Rosella DePietro, Visitor Services rosella.depietro@hennepinhistory.org
Amber Espitia, Museum Archivist amber.espitia@hennepinhistory.org
Sophie Hunt, Community Engagement/Programs Coordinator sophie.hunt@hennepinhistory.org
Mary Kaminski, Development & Membership Manager and Finance Manager marykaminski@hennepinhistory.org
Linda S. Koutsky, Editor in Chief Hennepin History Magazine linda.koutsky@hennepinhistory.org
Kaalid Omar, Visitor Services Assistant kaalid.omar@hennepinhistory.org
Alyssa Thiede, Collections Manager and Curator alyssa.thiede@hennepinhistory.org

Job Openings
There are no jobs available at this time.


Guided tours

We are happy to arrange a special guided tour for groups of all sizes! Please contact us to schedule a tour. There may be an additional charge for guided tours.

Special Delivery

Can't come to the museum? We're happy to bring the museum to you! Our educators will visit your school, community center, nursing home, or other facility with a box full of interpretive props or an illustrated Power Point presentation, all the better to make local history come alive. Topics range from the Aquatennial to the history of Minnehaha Falls. Please contact us for additional details. Special Delivery tours cost $50 to help us cover our costs; limited scholarships are available.

Support There are many ways you can support Hennepin History Museum


Individual support makes up 65% percentage of our annual operating budget-- meaning that supporters like you play an essential role in helping us to preserve and share local history. Your tax-deductible charitable gift helps to support exhibitions, the archives, educational programming like the Fireside Chats, and the preservation of the collections for current and future generations.
While we keep a tight watch on our expenses and income, there's no question about it: it costs money to maintain a 44-room mansion, publish a quality magazine, maintain historic collections, and install informative, exciting exhibitions.
Hennepin History Museum by the Numbers
$20,350 produces one year's worth of Hennepin History magazine
$3,500 provides one year's worth of exhibition supplies
$1,000 heats the building for one winter month
$100 funds one Fireside Chat
$30 buys a large archival box suitable for safe storage of historic textiles
$15 buys a large box of file folders
As you can see, every dollar counts -- please join us in preserving and sharing the story of Hennepin County.
TRIBUTE AND MEMORIAL GIFTS Are you looking for a meaningful way to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one? Please consider making a gift to Hennepin History Museum.
PLANNED GIVING Please contact us to discuss planned giving opportunities.


Hennepin History Museum has many volunteer opportunities. From working in the archives to giving tours, beautifying the grounds or entering collections data in our database, we have options for volunteers with all levels of experience, time availability, or interests. Contact us at volunteer@hennepinhistory.org for more information.

Please complete our Volunteer Application.

Rent Museum

Did you know that you can rent Hennepin History Museum for your private events? Whether you're looking for a perfect space for a corporate retreat or for your next big anniversary or birthday blow-out, Hennepin History Museum may be just what you're after. The space is elegant, the rental includes access to the exhibitions, and prices start at only $100/hour. Please contact us for more information or to check on availability.

Board Opportunities

General board member duties include:

  • Determining and advancing the Museum's mission and purpose
  • Engaging in strategic planning and developing long-range vision and goals
  • Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Museum's Executive Director
  • Assisting in the development of the Museum's annual budget and ensuring proper financial controls are in place
  • Playing an active role in securing adequate financial resources for the organization
  • Serving as an ambassador for the Museum

Board meetings take place monthly, with committee work between full board meetings. Board members are appointed for three-year terms.
How to Apply: For more information about the board and the application process, contact the Museum: history@hennepinhistory.org

Volunteer Opportunities

We have numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. To learn more please contact volunteer@hennepinhistory.org

Job Openings

There are no openings at this time.

The history of Hennepin County, Minnesota

Founded in 1938 as the Hennepin County Historical Society, Hennepin History Museum is dedicated to bringing the diverse history of Hennepin County and its residents to life through exhibitions, library, collections, and educational programs. Our mission is to collect and preserve the history and stories of Hennepin County. Your history. Your museum.



Hennepin History Museum maintains an extensive collection of historic artifacts and archival materials relating to the history and evolution of Hennepin County. Our collection has its roots in the early collecting efforts of the Minnesota Territorial Pioneers Association, an organization dating back to the 1850s and representing members who were residents of Minnesota prior to 1858. In 1938, the Hennepin County Historical Society was organized, encompassing both the earlier Territorial Pioneers Association collections as well as materials obtained by the newly formed organization. The collections have continued to grow, and represent the history and stories of both the earliest local residents as well as more recent arrivals.


While we would like to be able to collect everything and anything related to Hennepin County history, such a collection would be too large for one institution to manage. Space is an issue in the building, and maintaining and preserving an item to museum standards is a costly endeavor. For this reason, we have to say no more often than we can say yes to potential museum donations; to accept everything would mean that we could not give the collections the time and care that they deserve. If you feel that you have an item that would be appropriate for the HHM collection, we encourage you to contact the museum directly.

Library and Archives

The Reading Room is open Tuesdays through Saturdays during regular museum hours. The archivist is available to assist researchers Tuesdays through Thursdays. We also welcome your questions electronically or by phone. If your project is extensive, contact with the archivist prior to your visit is encouraged.

Holdings include diaries, journals, manuscripts, letters, scrapbooks, atlases, maps, correspondence, reminiscences and diaries and ephemera including menus, contracts, advertisements, deeds and certificates, sheet music, postcards, posters, broadsides, invitations and calling cards, illustrating life in Hennepin county. Photographs make up a significant portion or the collections and include the Confer Real Estate photos, detailing views of properties sold by this company from 1915-1940. Other notable photo collections include the St. Anthony Falls Water Power Company, detailing riverfront development from ca. 1895-1906; The Kjorlie photos, illustrating Minneapolis and St. Paul during the late 1930s and 1940s; Minnesota Volunteers 1861-1866, From the Whitney Negatives; and the Arthur Adams lantern slide collection of Minnesota images, ca 1920s. These last 4 collections are also available on the Minnesota Digital Library.
The Archives also contain extensive records and artefacts of the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Holdings also include many locally produced cookbooks and school yearbooks. Hennepin History Museum has published Hennepin County History, later Hennepin History since the early 1940s. These magazines are an invaluable source for information on the history of Hennepin County.

Museum Store

Our Museum Store is stocked with a variety of books, cards, and other materials related to local history. Our strength is in difficult-to-find titles, some of them no longer in print. Remember: all members enjoy a 10% discount! All proceeds benefit Hennepin History Museum and our programs.


The popular Hennepin History magazine is published three times annually, and comes as a benefit of membership. Copies are also available for sale at the Museum Store. We are always open to new writers; please contact us if you would like to learn more about publishing opportunities.
Our newsletter is mailed to members three time each year, and provides updates on Hennepin History Museum happenings.
Our e-newsletter is available to everyone, regardless of membership status, and keeps you informed on upcoming events and current Hennepin History Museum news.


Adults $8.00
Seniors/Students $5.00
Children 6 and under - Free
HHM Members - Free

Free First Thursdays

Our Thursday hours are 1-8 for the museum galleries, and 1-5 for the archive reading room. We hope you will visit us, and bring a friend!

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