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.
Doors Open, Member Open House and Birthday Extravaganza
Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am - 5 pmIt's a celebration! Our annual Member Open House coincides with Minneapolis' inaugural city-wide Doors Open event. Explore exhibits reflecting county history, including Inventions & Innovations with Hennepin County roots, and History Harvest about the Minneapolis Southside African American community; the cool maps in the archives; the collections inventory project, and more. Staff members will be available to answer questions and share about our collections, archives, opportunities to be involved with museum projects, and what our future may include. Help celebrate our building, the Christian Family Residence, which turns 100 years old this year. It is one of the remaining mansions in the historic district around Washburn Fair Oaks Park. Snap a picture at our selfie station or while playing croquet on the lawn and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.
Doors Open is a weekend-long civic celebration offering unique access to explore what is new and what is made in Minneapolis and uncover hidden treasures. Visitors will have an opportunity to peek inside and behind the scenes of 110 venues and sites throughout the city and in every neighborhood.