Minnesota museums calendar: A sampling of attractions

  • Updated: May 5, 2013 - 7:20 AM
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Here’s a sampling from attractions around the state. For a full guide, see www.museumsmonth.org.

History/culture

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE
2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. • 612-871-4907 • www.asimn.org
On view: “Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People.” Photography by Birgitte Aarestrup and prints by Kurt Seaberg. “#NameThisExhibit: 1,200 Birchwood Plaques from Sweden’s Post Futuristic Society.”
Upcoming: “Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal” opens June 15.

FOREST HISTORY CENTER
2609 Co. Rd. 76 • Grand Rapids, Minn. • 1-218-327-4482 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/fhc
On view: Interactive exhibits on Minnesota’s northern forests. Tour a ranger’s cabin, fire tower and museum exhibits.

FORT SNELLING
At Hwys. 5 & 55 near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport • 612-726-1171 • www.historicfortsnelling.org
On view: Museum opens Memorial Day weekend. Exhibits on military history from the Civil War through World War II, and on the history of the fur trade and slavery in Minnesota.
Upcoming: “Fort Snelling Perspectives: Change Over Time” opens May 25. “Portraits of the First Minnesota: Contemporary Civil War Portraits of Minnesota’s First Regiment” opens Aug. 3.

GRAND PORTAGE NATIONAL MONUMENT
170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minn. • 1-218-475-0123 • www.nps.gov/grp
On view: Reconstructed fur-trading post and visitors’ center opens May 24. Exhibits include craftwork from residents of the Grand Portage Ojibwe reservation and “From Furs to Fashion,” featuring finished goods from the fur era.
Upcoming: Voyageurs re-enactors and tribal members gather for Rendezvous Days and Powwow Aug. 9-11.

HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM
2303 3rd Av. S., Mpls. • 612-870-1329 • www.hennepinhistory.org
On view: “A Century of Wedding Gowns” and “The Enchanting Picture She Has Painted.”
Upcoming: Museums Month free day on May 11 with complimentary admission, refreshments and more.

LAKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Two Harbors light station
1 Lighthouse Point, Two Harbors, Minn. • 1-218-834-4898 • www.lakecountyhistoricalsociety.org
On view: Exhibits featuring the history of the harbor, light station and keepers’ duties.

LAKE SUPERIOR MARINE MUSEUM
600 S. Lake Av., Duluth • 1-218-720-5260 • www.lsmma.com
On view: Maritime exhibits, including a Fresnel lens that once guided ships into Duluth’s harbor.
Upcoming: Lake Superior Days, July 20-21. Tall Ships celebration, July 24-30. Lighthouse Days, Aug. 3-6.

MILL CITY MUSEUM
704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. • 612-341-7555 • www.millcitymuseum.org
On view: Displays about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi River and the city of Minneapolis. Exhibits include “We Are Still Here: Photographs of the American Indian Movement.”

MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, Minn. • 1-320-532-3632 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/mlim
On view: Objects, videos and interactive displays tell the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Featured exhibit: “Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions.”

MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul • 651-259-3000 • www.minnesotahistorycenter.org
On view: “Minnesota and the Civil War”: Our role in the conflict, both on the battlefield and home front. “Then Now Wow”: An exhibit of moments that shaped the state, designed for children. “The U.S.Dakota War of 1862”: The tragic clash, explored through multiple perspectives.
Upcoming: “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” opens Nov. 8.

NORTH WEST COMPANY FUR POST
12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City, Minn. • 1-320-629-6356 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/nwcfp/index.htm.
On view: An Ojibwe encampment with costumed re-enactors.

STEARNS HISTORY MUSEUM
235 33rd Av. S., St. Cloud, Minn. • 1-320-253-8424 • www.stearns-museum.org
On view: “Minnesota Homefront” explores challenges that shaped our legacy (ends May 12). Permanent exhibits include one on the Pan Motor Co., a short-lived auto plant in St. Cloud, and a model of a 1930 granite quarry.

WINONA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
160 Johnson St., Winona, Minn. • 1-507-454-2723 • www.winonahistory.org
On view: “Curious Collections,” an assortment of pieces from Winona County collectors and the society’s archives.
Upcoming: “The Art of Furniture,” featuring pieces by area woodworkers and artists, opens June 22.

The arts

GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN
1985 Buford Av., St. Paul • 612-624-7434 • http://goldstein.design.umn.edu
On view: “Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainablility” through May 26.
Upcoming:  “Printed Textiles: Pattern Stories” opens June 15.

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS
2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. • 612-870-3000 • www.artsmia.org
On view: “More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness.” “The World at Work: Images of Labor and Industry, 1850 to Now.” “Art in the Age of Globalization.”
Upcoming: “The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie’s Prairie School Designs” opens May 26. “It’s New/It’s Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings” opens July 14.

MACROSTIE ART CENTER
405 1st Av. NW., Grand Rapids, Minn. • 1-218-326-2697 • www.macrostieartcenter.org
On view: Mental Health Month Exhibition.
Upcoming: Works by Gendron Jensen, June 7. Juried show, opens Aug. 2.

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