About Us

The Hennepin Medical History Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center is a premier medical history museum celebrating the history of medicine and medical education in Minneapolis. The collection is like no other in the Twin Cities. The History Center is comprised of archives, rare books, artifacts and images.

HCMC History Center Around The CommunityMission Statement

The Hennepin Medical History Center collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Hennepin County Medical Center and Metropolitan Medical Center, and their predecessors.

Statement of Purpose

The HMHC celebrates the history of medicine, medical education, service, and patient care in Minneapolis and Hennepin County. Specifically, we preserve the legacies of the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and the Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) and their parent hospitals, to make them available to you!

Hennepin County Hospitals Timeline


Hennepin County Hospitals Timeline


Our permanent collections are operated by the Hennepin Health Foundation.

The collections are located in the lower level of the HCMC Blue Building – 915 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN. MAP

Both collections are open:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10am - 2pm and by appointment

The MMC Collection:
Is located in BL.227.

The HCMC Collection:
Is located in BL.226.

Email | 612.873.6090


The Hennepin Medical History Center, a program of Hennepin Health Foundation (a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization), operates through the generosity of private donors.

Every gift matters. Please consider supporting our mission and activities today by clicking on the link below and choosing the History Center when filling out the Donor Designations Field.

Give to the History Center

If you experience difficulties donating online, please contact our office at 612.873.6090.

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