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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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Close Associates: Celebrating 80 years of Architectural Practice

Not many architectural firms can weather style trends and economic cycles to reach a lifespan of 80 years, but Close Associates has built a loyal following and continues to win awards today. Hennepin History Museum is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition on the history of the firm.
From original watercolor sketches to handmade models to glamorous architectural photos to limited-edition furniture, this multidimensional exhibit shows the evolution of the firm from legendary Midcentury Modern designs to todays contemporary work. Close Associates has designed hospitals and offices, research institutes and schools, but is best known for the design of over 800 custom homes many built in Hennepin County.
Meet longtime Close Associates partner Gar Hargens and associate Andrew Peterson at the opening, and look for more related events in the next Hennepin History magazine.

Exhibit dates: May 10 to July 29, 2018

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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

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From Underwear to Outerwear

Main Gallery
Record-breaking winter temps don't frighten Hennepin County residents - we're used to it. Ever since George Munsing took the itch out of long underwear, we know how to bundle up in style. Join us for this sweeping exhibition showcasing the depth and breadth of wearable items from the Museum's collections. See elaborate society gowns, early ready-to-wear from county seamstresses and department stores, uniforms and workwear, historic lingerie, and outerwear that ranges from an opera cape to a buffalo robe.

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

Opening Reception March 23, 6-8 PM. Free and open to to the public.

Exhibit dates: March 23 - September 16, 2018

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.