Events

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.

Fireside Chat: A People's History of the Seward Neighborhood

Sunday, January 27, 2 - 4 p.m.

After seven years of writing and development, the Seward Neighborhood Group has a beautiful book about the history of their dynamic enclave in South Minneapolis. Profusely illustrated, the many chapters explore the community's changing character, including its Scandinavian roots, railroad porters and working-class families, socialist agitators and community activists, and the arrival of immigrants from East Africa, to name a few. Dr. Richard Musser, part of the team of residents who contributed research and chapters, will show images and talk about the wide-ranging topics addressed in this book. Books will be available for purchase that day.

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

LifeCYCLE SpokesPeople: Salma Nadir and Cynthia McArthur

Saturday, January 26, 2 - 3 p.m

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota's Spokespeople speaker series aims to open up dialogue in the cycling community on a diverse range of topics. These talks will feature LifeCYCLE exhibit subjects in conversation with each other. Salma Nadir is a student-athlete at the university of St. Thomas and mountain bike racer through NICA. Cynthia McArthur is a lifelong bicycle educator who teaches clients of the Center for Victims of Torture to ride and care for their bikes.

Tickets available: $5, $3 Students/Seniors, free for Hennepin History Museum members.

LifeCYCLE Spokespeople: Eric Hawkins and Marques Watson

Saturday, February 9, 2-3 pm

The Cycling Museum of Minnesota's Spokespeople speaker series aims to open up dialogue in the cycling community on a diverse range of topics. These talks will feature LifeCYCLE exhibit subjects in conversation with each other. Eric Hawkins is the Owner, CEO, and Chief Mechanic of Park Tool Company, the world's largest maker of bike tools and repair equipment. Marques Watson is a bike mechanic and youth mentor at Express Bike Shop and an engineering student at St. Paul College.

Tickets available: $5, $3 Students/Seniors, free for Hennepin History Museum members.

Third Friday: Bike Love

Friday February 15, 6-9 pm

Make a date, or bring a date, to Hennepin History Museum on the third Friday of the month during LifeCYCLE. Hands-on activities, special guests, good friends, and generous refreshments make for a cozy and bike-friendly time. In February, show some love to your bike and the people in your life that make cycling worthwhile.

Tickets, $10, $8 for Hennepin History Museum members