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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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Eat Street at 20

"Eat Street 20: in their own words." How did "Eat Street," the length of Nicollet Avenue famous for its range of delicious destinations, develop? Who were the men and women who built these businesses, and how did they shape the street? How has the neighborhood changed over the years? And why "Eat Street," anyway? This exhibition turns the spotlight on the evolution of one of Hennepin County's favorite streets.

"Eat Street at 20" is based on an oral history project by Spotlight Oral History and Whittier Alliance . Historic photos will show the street's evolution, and cooking instruments, from the restaurants themselves, will give viewers an insight to the different styles and techniques of cooking used around the world. You'll get an inside look at the oral history project,,and get a chance to listen to and read the transcripts from interviews with some of the local entrepreneurs who helped to shape Eat Street into the place that we know today.
We hope you are inspired by these stories and lend your own voice to the exhibit's interactive components!

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.

September 7, 2017 through February 25, 2018

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A Look at Glen Lake Tuberculosis Sanatorium

“A Look at Glen Lake Tuberculosis Sanatorium”, an exhibit presented in partnership with the Hopkins Historical Society and based upon the work of Glen Lake historian Mary Krugerud. Visitors will gain a glimpse into what life was like for the patients and staff at one of the nation's most progressive sanatoriums and learn more about history and treatment of tuberculosis, a the disease that is still with us today.

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

Opening Reception October 1, 1 - 4 PM free and open to to the public.

October 1, 2017 through January 7, 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!
Opening event is Thursday, November 9th, 6-8pm. Join us for an opening reception and celebration of our newest gallery! Shelf Life will give you an inside peek behind-the-scenes of museum life. Free and open to the public.

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

Opening Reception Thursday November 9, 6 - 8 PM free and open to to the public.

November 9 and continuing ongoing throughout our 80th anniversary year