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.

Mapping Prejudice Volunteer Transcription Event

Thursday, November 8, 5 - 8 p.m.

Has the Owning Up exhibit sparked your curiosity about the Mapping Prejudice project, deeds, and covenants? Join us for a work session. Penny Petersen will guide you through the process. Bring your laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County. Museum admission for volunteers is free, but please reserve your space in advance here.

Community Event: 100th Anniversary World War I Remembrance

Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m.

Location: Flagpole plaza at 45th Avenue North and Victory Memorial Drive, Minneapolis

Join with Hennepin County residents along Victory Memorial Drive Sunday, November 11, to recognize Veterans Day and the centennial of the World War I armistice. The armistice ended fighting on land, sea and air between U.S. allies and their last opponent, Germany.
Featured program:
  • Lowering of the flag
  • Prominent speakers on the war's local history
  • Musician Robert Robinson
  • Moment of silence at 11 a.m.
The flagpole will cast a shadow on the plaza around 11 a.m., weather permitting.
Hennepin County is sponsoring this event in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and City of Robbinsdale. Learn more at

Storytelling: Keys to Homes In Our Hearts

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Hennepin History Museum is pleased to welcome storytellers from across our community for Keys to Homes In Our Hearts, an afternoon of object-based storytelling. Nine tellers, from different cultural backgrounds, bring stories about objects that represent "home" to them, where ever they find themselves in the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear personal stories from people with unique life stories, from Egyptian-American, Jewish- and Swedish-American, Pakistani-American, Ojibwa, Filipino-American, Somali-American, Cambodian-American, African American and European-American perspectives.

Third Friday: Home Fires Burning: True Stories That Happened Here

Friday, November 16, 6 - 9 p.m.

Don't miss this very special narrative evening of storytelling about the complex connections between humans and geography. Acclaimed storyteller Amy Salloway hosts a roster of performers that includes award-winning playwright and author Heidi Arneson; Church Basement Ladies creator Jessica Zuehlke; 2017 Story Slam MN! Grand Champion Gregory Pickett, and others. We will wrap up with an open mic segment where you, the audience, can share your own true story of a place you've held close, or been grateful to leave - places that make up your personal geography.
Tickets available, $10, $8 members

Holiday Book Sale

Friday through Sunday, November 23 - 25
1 - 5 p.m. each day

Come visit us for our Holiday Book Sale to find those special holiday gifts! We will have a variety of books that are duplicates or are out of circulation for sale. You never know what you might find!
Paperbacks: $1, or 12 for $10
Hardcovers: $2, or 6 for $10
Admission to the sale is free.

Exhibit Opening: LifeCYCLE: Stories from the Minnesota Bike Community

Saturday, December 1, 1 - 5 p.m.

Explore the vast, and often shared, triumphs experienced on two wheels through the stories of eleven notable and influential cyclists, activists, and bicycle makers. The exhibit features original portraits by celebrated Minneapolis photographer Nancy Musinguzi paired with insights into the role of bikes and cycling in each subject's own words. This event will be open house style; drop in to see the exhibit anytime during museum open hours. Produced by Cycling Museum of Minnesota in partnership with Hennepin History Museum. Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2018 - March 3rd, 2019 Reserve your tickets in advance. Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Fireside Chat with Peg Meier and Dan Dennehy

Saturday, December 8, 2 - 4 p.m.

Peg Meier, former photo Editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Dan Dennehy, Minneapolis-based photographer, spent months in the archives at Hennepin History Museum looking at and selecting photographs for the exhibition History In Focus. They will talk about their initial interest in orchestrating this work and how the photos were selected. This is your chance to hear from the people behind the exhibit and ask questions about the show. Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.

Storytelling: Magic Tales from Far Away Lands

Saturday, December 15, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Need a respite from the crowded mall? Need to re-charge your merry account? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to gather round the Christmas tree to hear Josette Antomarchi share seasonal folk tales. With her background in acting and storytelling, Josette brings these tales to life with costumes and a range of voices that welcome the listener into the theater of the imagination. Bring the whole family for this delightful opportunity to connect with the spirit of the holiday! Tickets available: $5, $3 Seniors/Students, Members free.