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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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Behind Closed Doors featuring the work of Bill Skodje

Museums around the world have collections storage spaces rarely seen by the general public. Only a tiny percentage of museum artifacts can make it into the galleries at a time. Minneapolis Institute of Art preparator and exhibit designer Bill Skodje started documenting these vaults while on business trips to other museums. Bill's paintings capture the way museums handle the care and preservation of their collections. He was recently at Hennepin History Museum to see improvements to the museum's collections storage and the ongoing care of artifacts.
Bill will be giving an artist talk on March 24th at 2:30pm at Hennepin History Museum.
Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.

January 18 Through April 15, 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

Coming soon...

From Underwear to Outerwear
Main Gallery
Opens Friday, March 23, 7 - 9 pm

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.
Exhibit dates: March 23 - September 16, 2018