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.

Hennepin History Live

Thursday, December 6, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Join us for a variety show featuring short presentations from Hennepin History Magazine contributors. William Burleson will take us behind the scenes working in downtown Minneapolis's Woolworth's store. Boat restorer Cheryl Ahlcrona will show vintage brochures and artifacts from her father's boat business. Learn how Kaalid Omar continues storytelling traditions from Ethiopia without having been there. Charlie maguire will sing classic union songs to illustrate his piece on the 1934 Teamsters strike.

Seating is limited; please reserve your tickets in advance. $5; $3 for seniors or students; free for museum members.

Your Museum. Your Gift Solution.

December 6 - 31

A two-fer! Find something special for the history lover in your life and support local history at the same time.
  • New! (and old) limited-edition necklaces made of Minnehaha Falls Sand Art. Each one a unique composition of 80-year-old sand in naturally occurring colors from the area around Minnehaha Falls, packed into a glass vial by sand artist Robert Fischer in the 1880s. A true piece of local history and definitely one-of-a-kind. Must See.
  • Original 19th Century cabinet card photos of Minnehaha Falls
  • A new selection of regional cookbooks

    Also available:
  • History in Focus exhibition catalogs signed by curators Peg Meier and Dan Dennehy featuring photos from Hennepin History Museum's collection
  • Reprints of Hennepin County artwork to frame or send as note cards
  • Honey made by bees right on top the Museum's roof
  • Gift membership packages for a present that lasts all year
  • Subscriptions to our award-winning magazine, Hennepin History
  • And a special sale of used, vintage and rare books

Many items in the Gift Shop will be on sale at 20 - 40% off, with special discounts every day. Used books will be on sale from Sunday, December 16 - Sunday, December 23.

Fireside Chat with Peg Meier and Dan Dennehy

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

Peg Meier, former Star Tribune reporter and book author, and Dan Dennehy, Minneapolis-based photographer, spent months in the archives at Hennepin History Museum looking at and selecting photographs for the exhibition History In Focus. They will talk about their initial interest in orchestrating this work and how the photos were selected. This is your chance to hear from the people behind the exhibit and ask questions about the show.

Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Mapping Prejudice Transcription Event

Sunday, December 9, 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Has the Owning Up exhibit sparked your curiosity about the Mapping Prejudice project, deeds, and covenants? Join us for a work session. Penny Petersen will guide you through the process. Bring your laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County.

Please reserve your spot in advance using the ticketing link on this event. Reserve your spot here.

Museum Fundraiser: Red's Savoy Uptown Chow for Charity

Tuesday, December 11, 5 - 9 p.m.

Please join us for a fundraiser on the Museum's behalf: Red's Savoy Pizza (Uptown location only; 2329 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis) has generously offered to donate 20% of the sales that evening to the Museum! Bring family and friends out for a night of pizza, chicken wings, pasta, salads, cheese bread and a Perfect S'mores pizza for dessert! Just be sure to mention you are there for the Hennepin History Museum fundraiser! Buon appetite! To see all the delicious menu options at Red's Savoy Pizza:

Fireside Chat: Robert Fischer, The Sand Man of Minnehaha Falls

December 12, 6:30 - 8 pm

Join Minnehaha Park historian Karen Cooper as she tells Robert Emil Fischer's story. Fischer was a Minneapolis Park Board commissioner, a park policeman, a perfume maker and a poet. He was also Hennepin County's greatest sand artist: he made intricate designs in small glass bottles using the colored sands found in Minnehaha Park. He sold them as souvenirs locally as well as throughout the United States. His sand art will be on also be on display in the Museum starting in December.

Tickets available: $5; $3 for seniors and students; free for Museum members.

Fireside Chat: Bill Lindeke, Minneapolis-St.Paul: Then and Now

Thursday, December 13, 6 - 8 p.m.

Locked together in an affectionate sibling rivalry, Minneapolis and its twin city St. Paul are constantly growing and changing. Geographer and author Bill Lindeke will show photos from his new book, Minneapolis-St. Paul: Then and Now, and discuss how the Twin Cities developed from simple trading posts on the banks of the Mississippi River into major metropolitan cities.
Using historic and current photographs, along with in-depth descriptions, Bill will highlight places in the Twin Cities with dramatic - then and now - photos that demonstrate the change from 19th century sleepy river towns to vibrant modern cities. Historic images range from the 1870s to the 1950s. Bill will also share current photos taken in the summer of 2017 by Karl Mondon of San Francisco, California. As an added treat, he will also show sites that didn•t make it into the book.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Then and Now features historic photos paired with current photos and offers intriguing historical narrative of over one hundred historic sites in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, South Saint Paul, Edina, and the Fort Snelling Unorganized Territory.
This beautiful coffee table book will be available for purchase in the Museum and Bill will be available for book signing after his presentation.
Bill Lindeke is an urban geographer who writes, researches, and gives tours about the Twin Cities. He is the author of numerous publications featuring the urban symbols and civic history of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Storytelling: Magic Tales from Far Away Lands

Saturday, December 15, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Need a respite from the crowded mall? Need to re-charge your merry account? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to gather round the Christmas tree to hear Josette Antomarchi share seasonal folk tales. With her background in acting and storytelling, Josette brings these tales to life with costumes and a range of voices that welcome the listener into the theater of the imagination. Bring the whole family for this delightful opportunity to connect with the spirit of the holiday!

Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.