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 is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. We operate through the generosity of private donors and are supported by the Hennepin Health Foundation.

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Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) Collection

HCMC CollectionHospital Administrator, Bill Kreykes and Hillie Prose, Director of Emergency Nursing took a one day tour through the vacated "Old General Hospital" shortly after the move to the new buildings. As they walked through the empty halls and wards there was a sense of loss and sadness.

Thus began the dream of developing a plan to save the history of the old hospital. Items were tagged and a history manager was hired to organize and preserve written documents of administrative importance – faded papers with political decisions, old newspapers, the blueprints from the 1901 City Hospital, the 1920 MGH Building and the 1964 HCGH to name a few. The collection of photographs and records were found in a small room on the sixth floor of the Old Nurses Home – Harrington Hall.

The first 'Archive Committee' consisting of Hillie Prose, Donna Hoover, Harry Bloomquist and Audrey Kuhne was formed in 1987 to help celebrate the hospital's 100 Year Anniversary. The Service League reserved a basement space for the Museum and it officially opened in 1994.

HCMC History PDFThus began the HCMC History Collection which is a lively look at the field of health care, general patient care, and medical procedures at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The collection specifically preserves and represents the History of HCMC and its predecessor hospitals dating from 1887: Minneapolis City Hospital, Minneapolis General Hospital, and Hennepin County General Hospital. Building on our rich history already acquired, we continue to collect current history of HCMC.

HCMC VolunteersOperations of the Collection are financed by donations and fundraising. In addition to a paid curator, the Collection is cared for by volunteers.

The HCMC Collection is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm and by appointment.


It is located in the Blue Building of the Hennepin County Medical Center, Lower Level: BL.226.


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