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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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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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Inventions & Innovations

Inventions & Innovations showcases the men and women of Hennepin County who improved our lives through their engineering, scientific, artistic, and design contributions and inventions. Many items on display can be found in their modern iterations used daily in homes across the country, from Honeywell’s damper flapper (the precursor to the thermostat) to Nordic Ware’s Bundt pans, to Prince’s Minneapolis Sound. While most items on display are from the Museum’s extensive collection, visitors will also be able to see early Toro lawnmowers on loan from the Bloomington-based international company.

Exhibit Dates: April 11 - 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.