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Hennepin History Museum's exhibitions highlight the diverse and rich history of Hennepin County, the largest county in Minnesota. From urban to suburban to rural, Hennepin County has it all!

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Behind the Ballot Box

Need a break from contemporary politics and elections? BEHIND THE BALLOT BOX is the perfect antidote. This non-partisan exhibition explores the history and culture of politics and campaigning in Hennepin County as seen through the objects of the time. From Mahala Pillsbury's inaugural gown to Floyd B. Olson's traveling trunk, Hubert Humphrey's "Campaign March" to a table made by South High School students for the 1892 Republican Convention, BEHIND THE BALLOT BOX draws upon the museum's diverse collections to highlight election seasons of the past.

Through February 5

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Unexpected Art

Surface design inspired by museum collections

Art often shows up in unexpected places. A brass doorknob, a painted feather, or a pacemaker can become an evening dress — if you know how to look at them. Artist Becka Rahn dug deeper into the collections at The Museum of Russian Art, The Bakken Museum, and Hennepin History Museum to find items that have been hidden away, unnoticed, or overlooked. Drawing inspiration from these forgotten objects, Becka created new surface designs which were digitally printed onto fabric and paper, transforming unexpected items into new pieces of art.

Learn more about Becka Rahn at Becka Rahn: Fiber Art
Becka is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possibly by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Included in admission: $5 adults, $3 senior/student, free for 6 and under. Free for HHM members (memberships start at only $35)

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

Opening January 26, 6 pm – 8 pm Free and open to the public
January 27 through April 30

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Ice Water and Opera Glasses

We're shining the spotlight on 150 years of theater history and culture in Hennepin County! Our local stages were fertile grounds where great stars once trod the boards in comedy, high drama, burlesque, and drama; today, the tradition continues, with theaters and companies offering something for every taste. Because while times may change, the curtain continues to go up.

Some Saturdays, 2 - 4 PM Representatives from local theaters will be on hand to answer questions about contemporary theater culture. See Events Schedule for details.

September 8 through January 15