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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 - March 3, 2019

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Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis

Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis explores the history of racial housing discrimination in Minneapolis through the stories of three black families. The exhibit demonstrates the lasting effects of structural discrimination and aims to counter the enduring idea of Minneapolis as model metropolis. Hennepin History Museum is pleased to host an exhibition created by Denise Pike and Kacie Lucchini, two graduate students in the University of Minnesota's new Heritage Studies and Public History - a program that emphasizes diversity, community engagement, experiential learning, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The exhibit focuses on the history of racial discrimination and housing in Minneapolis and is part of Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed, a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. For more information, visit these websites: mhponline.org/communications/racism-rent-and-real-estate-fair-housing-reframed
Mapping Prejudice Project

Opening reception Thursday, August 23, 6 - 8 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: August 23 - January 20, 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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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.

November 9 and continuing ongoing throughout our 80th anniversary year