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 Historical Walking Tour of 35W

Saturday, September 7, 1 - 3 PM

Join Hennepin History Museum and the Minnesota Department of Transportation on a 1.5 mile walking tour to explore the history of 35W in South Minneapolis. Participants will learn how the freeway's planners thought about Minneapolis transportation needs in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as the assumptions they made about the neighborhoods along the freeway's route. We will discuss the project's long-term social and economic costs. The freeway displaced racially diverse communities and established a physical barrier that encouraged the growing racial divisions in South Minneapolis that remain today. The tour will be led by Denise Pike, a public historian with the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota, and Aaron Tag, West Area Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Meeting place: Hennepin History Museum

Admission: Free; please register by email to

Cultural Heartland: Cedar Riverside Tour

Saturday, September 14, 1 - 2:30 PM

Explore Cedar Riverside, the neighborhood where immigrants have found welcome since the early days of Hennepin County. Newcomers from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America have all made their home here, making it one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Join historian Maureen Trepp for a 1.5-mile tour as she explains how these various cultures are reflected in the entertainment sites, businesses, residences, and institutions of this near downtown neighborhood.
Meeting location: Outside Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South

Tickets:Admission: $12; $10 for Museum members.

Field Trip! A Raucous Ramble Around Minnehaha Falls

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

The lost history of Minnehaha Falls includes dance halls, secret saloons, wild behavior, lawsuits and whiskey. Join historian Karen Cooper for a 1 mile walk as she tours the places in Minnehaha Park where all this mayhem occurred a hundred years ago. Crooks, landowners, saloon owners, and hoteliers went to the Falls to turn a profit or to raise a little ruckus. The conflict between moral upright society and the dissipated partiers at the Falls is a fascinating and forgotten story. Meeting Place: On the grass south of Dairy Queen, 4740 Minnehaha Ave.

Tickets:Admission: $14; $12 for Museum members.

Being Somali: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis

Thursday, September 19, 5 - 7 PM

When was the last time you intentionally listened to another person's perspective? Being Somali is the third 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 Somali 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 Somali. The conversation will be moderated by HOM Founder & Executive Director Stephanie Glaros. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets:Admission is free but please RSVP.

If Your Walls Could Talk - House History Workshop

Saturday, September 21 and Saturday, September 28, 12 - 2 PM

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 records, and building permits. The Museum may even have a photo of your house! This is a single class that meets twice, with time in between for you to do some homework. The first session will introduce you to tools and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.

Tickets:Admission: $40; $30 Museum members