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.

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

Third Friday: Fashion Friday with Project Runway Contenders

Friday, June 15, 6 - 9 pm

Hennepin History Museum is thrilled to welcome three of the local stars of Project Runway fame: Samantha Rei, Christopher Straub, and Tim Navarro. They will regale us with tales about fashion magic, the reality of reality TV, dish the dirt on stuff they couldn't comment on at the time, and update us on what has been happening for them since. Bring your questions for what is sure to be a lively glimpse behind the scenes.

Tickets available, $8 for members, $10 for non-members Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Fireside Chat: Garment Drafting Systems - A Triumph of Genius

Thursday, June 28, 6 - 7:30 pm

Local costume designer, Kathleen Richert, will give us a look at a few of the drafting systems that the Industrial Revolution brought to the business of dressmaking. The systems sought to put the knowledge an experienced dressmaker or tailor might acquire over a lifetime into the hands of home sewers. One advert says, "Any child can now learn to draft perfect fitting dresses from measure". Another system boasts, "You can make FIVE DOLLARS per day by using or selling the McDowell Garment Drafting Machine." Richert specializes in historically accurate clothing and sometimes uses the McDowell machine. She will bring along other tools and systems from her own collection.

Seating is limited; please reserve your tickets in advance. $5; $3 for seniors or students; free for museum members. Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

Coffee Chat with Gar Hargens

Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m.

Join Gar Hargens, AIA, president of Close Associates, for a discussion of the architectural firm's work seen in the Museum's upstairs gallery (through July 29). Come to one or both!

Free with Museum admission. $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Earle Brown Heritage Center Tour

Tuesday, July 10, 4 - 6 p.m.

The Earle Brown's farmstead has roots that go back to the late 1800s. In 1990 several of the historic buildings were renovated and repurposed to become the Earle Brown Heritage Center. Tour the property to learn more about the farm's history and join us for summer refreshments on the patio in this special open house courtesy of the Heritage Center. Meet at 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, entrance one.

Free event, no tickets necessary.

Third Friday: 60s Fashion Flashback

Friday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.

Calling all Flower Children: Remember the "Summer of Love?" Was it really 50 years ago? Here's your chance to recreate your favorite memories of the '60s or experience it for the first time. Hennepin History Museum is hosting a tie-dye party in the front yard. Bring your own cotton t-shirt and we'll provide the ties, the dye and the expert advice to help you create your own wearable tribute to the '60s. This is a hands-on event, so wear clothes that you don't mind getting dye on. Great event for all ages! The galleries will be open late and we will have refreshments, camaraderie and a special '60s soundtrack.

Tickets available: $10 for public, $8 for members.

Coffee Chat with Gar Hargens

Thursday, July 26, 2 p.m.

Join Gar Hargens, AIA, president of Close Associates, for a discussion of the architectural firm's work seen in the Museum's upstairs gallery (through July 29). See also the event on July 10 - Come to one or both!

Free with Museum admission. $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Hennepin History Live

Tuesday, August 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Join us for a variety show featuring short presentations, song, and games from magazine contributors in this issue of Hennepin History. Golf historian Joseph Gladke will tell us more about the sport's early Hennepin County history and show us his rare Watson clubs. Puzzle and game maker Tony Nelson will tell us about his childhood games of Cribbage with his grandfather Maynard and how that influenced his career. Learn from Shari Albers how the Museum's neighborhood changed through the years both before and after the prominent Washburn mansion rose and fell in the park that now bears its name. Charlie Maguire will fill us in with more stories of Earle Brown, his vast country estate, and early airplanes that took flight from his property.

Free with Museum admission. $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Third Friday: Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta

Friday, August 17, 6 - 9 p.m.

Mixed Precipitation Theater Company celebrates its tenth anniversary season in 2018. We're pleased to partner with them for their signature summer event, the Picnic Operetta, a lively event, taking place in the Washburn Fair Oaks Park. This year's edible opera is Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta. "Our show places the silly characters of Shakespeare's comedy alongside contemporary questions about industry, job creation, and the environmental impact of capitalism," says founder and artistic director Scotty Reynolds. Explore Hennepin History Museum before and after the play.

Admission to the museum this evening is free. Tickets for the Mixed Precipitation play are available at

History on Two Wheels

Saturday, August 18, 8 p.m. to Sunday morning

This special overnight bike ride includes a tour of African American historic sites in Minneapolis. We will leave from the Hennepin History Museum on Saturday evening, led by the capable team from the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota. Major Taylor, the club's namesake, was the first African American world champion cyclist in 1899. They are experienced ride marshals and steeped in history of the local African American community. The group will stop along the way to learn about important landmarks and parts of local history you may not know about. This is an 18 and up event, designed for riders with the stamina to ride all night. It isn't a race, but it is a long ride.

Advance registration is required. Please check back for more details. $65 per person. Tickets available at:

Project Runway Alums - Gift and Sample Pop-Up

Thursday, September 6, 4-7 p.m.

In conjunction with our exhibition From Underwear to Outerwear, we are pleased to host a pop-up sale with Project Runway alums we've featured in the exhibit: Danielle Everine, Samantha Rei, Tim Navarro, and Christopher Straub. Add some locally created pizazz to your fall wardrobe by shopping the sale.

Free, but space is limited. Please reserve your tickets in advance.

Walking Tour of Washburn - Fair Oaks District

Saturday, September 8, 2-4 p.m.

Author and historian Shari Albers will lead the group on a tour of the Museum's historic neighborhood. Learn about the Washburn, Crosby, Pillsbury, Morrison, and Christian families along with noted architect Edwin Hewitt. Tour booklet is included in price.

Tickets available: $10; $8 Members

Memory and Memoir: A Writing Workshop

Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 1-3:30 p.m.

In this four-session memoir writing workshop, we'll write stories that explore who we are, where we come from, what we love, and where we belong. Using the simple technique of free writing, students will explore the places, people, and things we cannot live without and the memories worth savoring. We'll learn how to add vivid details and descriptions that bring our stories to life. All levels of writers are welcome. Led by seasoned workshop leader and published writer Wendy Brown-Baez.

Tickets available: $75; $65 Members

If Your Walls Could Talk - A House History Workshop with Kathy Kullberg

Sunday, September 23 and Sunday, October 7, 2-3:30 p.m.

Are you curious about your house's history? You may know when it was built, but do you know who lived there before you? Did anything unusual ever happen there? Maybe you have wondered what changes have been made to it over the years, or what was located around it when it was new. House detective Kathy Kullberg will introduce you to tools and procedures for sleuthing, including city directories, census record, building permits. HHM may even have a photo of your house! This class will meet twice, with time in between for you to do some homework. The first session will introduce you to tolls and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.

Tickets available, Members $25, Non-Members $30