As the premier portal to Minnesota history, the Minnesota History Center uses the past as a lens to focus on current events and community issues. This is a place of learning and discovery, a place to make new friends and meaningful connections. All are welcome.

Irvine Community Gallery

The gallery is dedicated to exhibits on socially responsive topics and issues that are relevant to Minnesotans today. Exhibits are co-developed with local community groups and students.

FREE — No museum admission required

Current exhibit

Historic photo of people gather in front of tipis.

States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

November 20, 2018–February 18, 2019

This traveling exhibit explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities to open a national dialogue on what should happen next.

States of Incarceration is a project of the Humanities Action Lab and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Whiting Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Upcoming exhibit

Green Card Voices

March 12–May 27, 2019

Green Card Voices explores stories of the diverse immigrant population that has shaped the Twin Cities. Featuring immigrants from 22 different countries, this exhibit tells stories of coming to Minnesota from countries all around the world. The participants represent a diverse range of professions and ages and arrived in Minnesota through many immigration routes, including as refugees, DACA recipients, and through family reunification, but they all share one important trait: They now call the Twin Cities home. 


Stop outside the Irvine Community Gallery and tell us why your history matters. Fill out a card, take a pic, or make a video. Record your memory and share it with the world.

Together, our stories weave a tale that is uniquely Minnesotan, and highlight a history that shapes us all.