Events

Hennepin History Museum is a busy place, and hosts a wide variety of events and activities, including our signature Fireside Chat series, First Free Thursdays, exhibition openings, special tours, book signings, and traditional artist demonstrations.

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

Opening Reception: Inventions & Innovations Exhibit

Thursday, April 25, 6 - 8 pm

Note new date: Due to weather, the opening reception has been rescheduled from April 11 to April 25.

Come join us for the opening of the Hennepin History Museum's latest exhibit, Inventions & Innovations. The exhibit draws attention to the breadth of locally-grown ingenuity and 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 used daily across the country, and so are Tonka Toys, Magnetic Poetry and music influenced by The Minneapolis Sound.
Thank you to Xcel Energy for sponsoring the opening reception.

Admission: Free. Please RSVP here.

If Your Walls Could Talk - A House History Workshop with Kathy Kullberg

Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11, 10 am - noon

Are you curious about your house's history? You may know when it was built, but do you know who lived there before you? Did anything unusual ever happen there? Maybe you have wondered what changes have been made to it over the years, or what was located around it when it was new. House detective Kathy Kullberg will introduce you to tools and procedures for sleuthing, including city directories, census records, and building permits. HHM may even have a photo of your house!
This is a single class that meets twice, with time in between for you to do some homework. The first session will introduce you to tools and methods, the second will be an opportunity to review what you have found and get ideas for next steps.

Tickets: Members $30, Non-Members $40. Space is limited. RSVP today!

Fireside Chat: History Harvest Panel Discussion, Tina Burnside, Moderator

Thursday, May 9, 6 - 8 pm

Join panelists Louis Moore, Cathy Stevens and moderator Tina Burnside for a History Harvest discussion that centers on the exhibit that tells the story of the historic South Minneapolis African American community.
The History Harvest is a community-based initiative designed to let people share objects, letters, photos, and stories that contribute to family and community history without giving up their heirlooms. Based on a WPA project from the 1930s, the History Harvest model was created at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and has been used in communities around the world to connect people with local history.
Tina Burnside is a civil rights attorney writer, playwright, and co-founder of the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG). She organized several history harvest events locally, and the resulting exhibit is presented simultaneously at MAAHMG and HHM.

Tickets: $8, $5 students and seniors, free for Museum members.

Doors Open, Member Open House and Birthday Extravaganza

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 10 am - 5 pm

It's a celebration! Our annual Member Open House coincides with Minneapolis' inaugural city-wide Doors Open event. Explore exhibits reflecting county history, including Inventions & Innovations with Hennepin County roots, and History Harvest about the Minneapolis Southside African American community; the cool maps in the archives; the collections inventory project, and more. Staff members will be available to answer questions and share about our collections, archives, opportunities to be involved with museum projects, and what our future may include. Help celebrate our building, the Christian Family Residence, which turns 100 years old this year. It is one of the remaining mansions in the historic district around Washburn Fair Oaks Park. Snap a picture at our selfie station or while playing croquet on the lawn and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.
Doors Open is a weekend-long civic celebration offering unique access to explore what is new and what is made in Minneapolis and uncover hidden treasures. Visitors will have an opportunity to peek inside and behind the scenes of 110 venues and sites throughout the city and in every neighborhood.

This event is free and open to the public.

Mapping Prejudice Project Volunteer Training

Thursday, May 23, 6 - 8 pm

Has the news, Minneapolis 2040 Plan, or the Mapping Prejudice Project sparked your curiosity about the practice of red-lining, restrictive covenants, and deeds? You can be part of this important project. Penny Peterson and Maggie Mills will conduct a volunteer training session and guide you through the process of researching documents. Bring along a laptop and learn how you can contribute to building the interactive Mapping Prejudice map of racial covenants in Hennepin County.

This event is free, but please RSVP