Upcoming Events


“Unpacked: Suitcases, Briefcases, and Bags from Hennepin County Hospitals” is an exhibition by the Hennepin Medical History Center. The exhibition will be displayed at the Hennepin History Museum from April 17-July 31, 2015. The exhibition will tell stories of patients, nurses, doctors, and other staff members through suitcases, bags, and briefcases, filled with items that might typically be brought to the hospital. The exhibition will use photographs, doctor bags, letters, financial hospital bills, nursing school packing lists, and much more to enhance the exhibition. The cases will feature nursing students, pediatric polio patients, hospital administrators, patients of different ages in a variety of time periods, doctors, and military nurses.

Please join us for an opening reception from 5-8pm on Friday, April 17. The Hennepin History Museum is located at 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Travel Nursing Kit, 1917

Peek inside a travel nursing case from 1917 and imagine what life was like during that time. 


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.

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

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