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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

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 April 2019

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History in Focus: Photographs in the Life of Hennepin County

Since the mid-1800s, photography has served to reflect and record with uncanny accuracy those moments, both historic and mundane, that help to define our lives, our cultures, our worlds. Hennepin History Museum has a collection of more than 14,000 photographs visually documenting the people, places, things, and events that tell the story of this region. As part of our 80th anniversary celebration, two guest curators spent several months combing through file drawers and picture boxes to find images that reveal something about where we have been and perhaps even where we are going. Please join us for an exhibition of photographs chosen by Peg Meier, former Star Tribune journalist and author of books about Minnesota, and Dan Dennehy, Photographer and head of visual resources at Minneapolis Institiute of Art.

Exhibit opening Thursday, October 18, 6 - 8 p.m.

October 18, 2018 through March 10, 2019

Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.
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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 April, 2019

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Coming Soon: 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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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.

Hennepin History Museum

2303 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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The Hennepin History Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.