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 pm

It'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.

This event is free and open to the public.

Mapping Prejudice Project Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 23, 6 - 8 pm

Has the news, Minneapolis 2040 Plan, or the Mapping Prejudice Project sparked your curiosity about the practice of red-lining, restrictive covenants, and deeds? You can be part of this important project. Penny Peterson and Maggie Mills will conduct a volunteer training session and guide you through the process of researching documents. Bring along a laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the interactive Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County.

This event is free, but please RSVP

Field Trip! Dinkytown: Forever Young Walking Tour

Friday, June 7, 4 - 6 PM

Hennepin History Museum's Interim Director, Cara Letofsky, will be your guide on this half-mile walk. This tour explores Dinkytown's early commercial years, signature buildings, legacy businesses, and its role in the student protests of the 1960s. Because of its proximity to the U of M, Dinkytown has always been subject to the winds of change and cycles of urban growth and decline.

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

Mapping Prejudice Volunteer Training

Thursday, June 13, 6 - 8 PM

You can be part of this important project. Penny Peterson and Maggie Mills will conduct a volunteer training session and guide you through the process of researching documents. Bring along a laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the interactive Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County.

Admission: Free for volunteers, but please RSVP.

Walking Tour of Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District

Saturday, June 15, 2 - 4 PM

Author and historian Shari Albers will lead a walking tour of the Washburn-Fair Oaks historic neighborhood where Hennepin History Museum is located. Many fine old homes still stand in what was known as the Miller District. Shari's tour also points out locations of homes that no longer exist, but were designed to impress. Shari Albers is a long-time volunteer docent at Hennepin History Museum. She developed this tour and others, which she leads for the Museum and Preserve Minneapolis.

Tickets: Admission: $12; $10 for HHM members. A tour booklet is included in price.

Fireside Chat: Creating the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Sunday, June 16, 2 - 4 PM

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Concern about the power the Republican Party exerted on elected offices throughout the state, and an approaching national election, provided incentive for the Farmer-Labor Party and the Democratic Party to merge in 1944. The new party carried the state for Roosevelt that year and elected Hubert Humphrey Mayor of Minneapolis in 1945. Speakers will discuss the political tenor and events leading up to the merger, the forces at work, the key figures involved, and its relationship to Hennepin County. Come for an interesting conversation with artifacts from the time and many historic photographs.

Tickets: Admission: $8; $5 Seniors/Students; free for HHM members.

Fireside Chat with Marcia G. Anderson, Author of A Bag Worth A Pony

Thursday, June 20, 6 - 8 PM

Retired curator Marcia G. Anderson will talk about her book A Bag Worth A Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag. As a result of thirty years of study, Marcia shares what she learned from the talented bead artists who keep the form alive, from historical records, and from the bags themselves. From the 1870s to the present day, Ojibwe bead artists of Minnesota have been especially regarded for their lively, creative designs. Neighboring Dakota people would trade a pony for a beautiful beaded bag. Marcia examines the history, forms, structure, and motifs of the bags, giving readers the tools to understand a bag's makeup and meaning.

Tickets: Admission: $8; $5 Students/Seniors; free for HHM members.

Opening Reception - Being Human: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis

Save the Date: Thursday, June 27, 6 - 8 PM

In 2010, Stephanie Glaros began walking to work in downtown Minneapolis with her camera in hand, and asked people she encountered along the way if she could take their photograph. It was a means of breaking through the social barriers she felt between herself and others. Originally a personal project called Minneapolis Strangers, it evolved into Humans of Minneapolis, inspired by the storytelling project Humans of New York. She shared her photographs and interviews online, developing a social media following of over 70,000. While preparing a book about the work, published in 2016, she learned how the project had affected the people in the photographs. It is a project that keeps on giving. She relaunched as a nonprofit organization in 2018, with the mission of connecting hearts and minds with storytelling to encourage empathy and build community. Being Human: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis is a curated collection of memorable stories from the project.