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Hennepin History Museum's exhibitions highlight the diverse and rich history of Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota.

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LifeCYCLE: Stories from the Minnesota Bike Community

CLOSES SUNDAY MAY 5. 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.

Produced by Cycling Museum of Minnesota in partnership with Hennepin History Museum.

Exhibit Dates: December 1, 2018 through May 5, 2019

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Robert Emil Fischer: the Sand Man of Minnehaha Falls

Robert Fischer lived near Minnehaha Falls and sold souvenirs at a pavilion outside the park between 1891 and 1902. His intricate and beautiful designs were made by filling glass containers with naturally colored sands found in the park. See an assortment of his completed works, unfinished work, sand specimens, and tools of the trade. A series of his small vials have been made into a limited-edition line of jewelry sold only at the Museum Shop.

Exhibit dates: Through the end of May, 2019

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History Harvest: An Exhibition, in partnership with the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery.

A "history harvest" is a form of community history gathering that allows participants to share their family stories without having to give up their heirlooms. Tina Burnside, a civil rights attorney, writer, playwright, and one of the founders of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) held several harvests in Minneapolis' Southside African American community where participants' family photos were scanned, artifacts were photographed, and stories documented. Tina is the guest curator for this exhibition that will be held simultaneously at Hennepin History Museum and MAAHMG (1256 Penn Avenue N., 4th floor, Minneapolis).

Exhibit dates: February 16 - June 2, 2019

Opening reception on Saturday, February 16, from 1 - 5 p.m.

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Inventions & Innovations

Inventions & Innovations draws attention to the breadth of locally-grown ingenuity. The exhibit highlights the stories of the men and women who improved our lives through their engineering, scientific, artistic, and design contributions. Products from Honeywell, General Mills, and Nordic Ware are found in homes and daily use across the country, and so are Tonka Toys, Magnetic Poetry and music influenced by The Minneapolis Sound.

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6-8 PM. Admission: Free.
Exhibition dates: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thanks to Xcel Energy, Thermo King, and Nordic Ware for sponsoring this exhibit.

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Shelf Life: Open storage and preservation at Hennepin History Museum

Have you ever wondered what REALLY goes on behind the scenes in a museum? Why museums collect? What's back there in the storage areas? Join us as we open the door to the secret life of history museums. Our new "Inside Out" visible storage galleries will give you a chance to watch as our staff and volunteers systematically document, research, and photograph every single item in our vast collection.
This space will be constantly changing as we make our way through the collection. So make sure to come back often to check out the newest findings!

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.