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.

A Public History of I-35W

Thursday, October 10, 6-8 p.m.

The building of I-35W in the 1960s connected people across Hennepin County while displacing hundreds of Minneapolis residents. Come participate in new research on this history, focusing on the stories and actions of people who lived along the 35W corridor in South Minneapolis. Greg Donofrio and Denise Pike of the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota will share what they've discovered in the early stages of this research. Learn how to get involved in this community collaborative history project.

Location: Hope Community, 611 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Admission: Free
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Last Chance: Inventions and Innovations

Sunday, October 13, 1-5 p.m.

It's the last chance to visit our Inventions and Innovations exhibit! Join us for an afternoon of games, food, and fun as we celebrate past and present innovation in Hennepin County. We'll serve up local snacks while you relax with family and friends in the Great Room of our historic mansion:
Play - Reminisce with Cootie and other classic board games. Learn new games from Hopkins based game publisher Adam's Apple Games.
Shop - Enjoy discounts on exhibit-related merchandise, including Nordic Ware and Magnetic Poetry.
Win - Enter our poetry contest to win a Prince t-shirt designed by Minneapolis company Diva Rags.

Admission: Free
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Being LGBTQ: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 2-4 p.m.

When was the last time you intentionally listened to another person's perspective? Being LGBTQ is the fourth in a series of panel discussions in conjunction with the Being Human: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis exhibit at Hennepin History Museum. Each event is meant to foster understanding and awareness between the people in our community. Being LGBTQ features a panel of people who have been highlighted as part of the Humans of Minneapolis storytelling project. They will share their lived experiences as they relate to being LGBTQ. The conversation will be moderated by HOM Founder & Executive Director, Stephanie Glaros. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission: Free. Please RSVP.

The Museum will suspend their public museum and research library hours from October 14 - November 4 while Northern Bedrock works on woodwork restoration in the signature Great Room, and light plaster repair and painting throughout the Museum. During the temporary closure, fulfillment of archival research requests by Museum staff will also be suspended.
Regular public hours at the Museum will resume Tuesday, November 5 with the opening of Votes for Women, an exhibit about the suffrage movement in Hennepin County that is in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the battle for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.