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.

Field Trip! A Raucous Ramble Around Minnehaha Falls

Wednesday, August 7, 6 - 8 pm

Meet on the grass south of Dairy Queen, 4740 Minnehaha Ave.
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.

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

Being Veteran: Stories from Humans of Minneapolis

Saturday, August 10, 2 - 4 pm

When was the last time you intentionally listened to another person's perspective? Being Veteran is the second 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 Veteran 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 a Veteran. The conversation will be moderated by HOM Founder & Executive Director, Stephanie Glaros.
Light refreshments will be served.
Co-Hosted by Humans of Minneapolis

Tickets: Admission: Free, but please RSVP.

Field Trip! Walking Tour of Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District

Sunday, August 18, 2 - 4 pm

Author and historian Shari Albers will lead a 1-mile walking tour of the Washburn- Fair Oaks historic neighborhood, where Hennepin History Museum is located. Learn about noted architect Edwin Hewitt, the Washburn, Crosby, Pillsbury, Morrison, and Christian families and the homes they built. 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 Museum members. A tour booklet is included in price. Tour price does not include admission into other neighborhood sites.

Fireside Chat: Minnesota‚ÄĘs Volunteers in the Spanish-American War

Thursday, August 22, 6 - 8 pm

After the Civil War, Americans saw conflict as a right of passage. When the United States became embroiled in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, young men from Minnesota marched away to fulfill their destiny, as they were told. By the time they came back, they had been forgotten. Come hear the story of the 13th Minnesota Regiment and their trials in the Pacific. Well also share Museum collections related to these soldiers, including pages from the diary of fallen soldier Sidney Pratt.

Tickets:Admission: $8; $5 students/seniors; free for Museum members.

Fireside Chat: In Liberating Strife: Memoir of the Vietnam Years

Saturday, August 24, 2 - 4 pm

Author and Minneapolis resident Steve Atkinson will read from his recently published book In Liberating Strife: A Memoir of the Vietnam Years. The book is an account of his days as a student at the University of Minnesota during the escalation of the US intervention in the war, followed by his service as a soldier in the US Army in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. In addition to his own experiences, he devotes attention to events in the Twin Cities and at the University of Minnesota during the height of the antiwar days. The second half of the program will be an open forum for discussing that era and reflecting on its impact on our nation today. Any and all recollections and opinions are most welcome.

Tickets:Admission: $8; $5 students/seniors; free for Museum members.