Museum: Hennepin History Museum


Learn about hennepin county through interesting archives and artifacts at one of the Twin Cities’ most unique social history centers—the Hennepin History Museum—featuring four galleries housed in a beautiful historic mansion.

Anything but stuffy, and highly relevant to today’s community, the museum’s exhibits demonstrate an ability to reach beyond the canonical pioneer’s story and instead display the burlesque houses of Washington Avenue in Minneapolis in one gallery, and A Century of Women’s Aprons in another.

“Each community has a story to share and we are who we are today because of those experiences; there is little that we will shy away from telling,” says Jada Hansen, executive director of the museum.

A highly anticipated exhibit opening October 24 is Icons for the Bereaved: traditions and artifacts of mourning. “This exhibit sheds new light on a dark subject,” says curator Jack Kabrud.

“Jack pulled together an assemblage of artifacts and photographs so unique that one can’t help but be intrigued by every wall of the gallery,” Hansen says. “The exhibition is best described as a examination of our rich traditions of bereavement and mourning as seen through photographs, mourning garments, jewelry, and furnishings circa 1850s to present. The exhibition will feature the private post-mortem photograph collections of artist Caitlin Karolzac, as well as a veryspecial look at her interpretive paintings and drawings.”

Not only does the Hennepin History Museum have collections and research materials of priceless scholarly value, it also has a teen program, going strong into its second year, and the charming Fireside Room can be rented for special occasions.