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.


Stop outside the Irvine Community Gallery and tell us why your history matters. Fill out a card and use your phone to take a photo or make a video. Record your memory and share it with the world on social media using the hashtag #MyHistoryMatters.

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


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

#MeToo in Minnesota History

October 15, 2019 - April 5, 2020.

Discover how issues of sexual assault and violence—which the #MeToo movement has worked to shed light on since 2006—resonate throughout Minnesota history. This small exhibit in the Irvine Gallery aims to highlight underrepresented narratives by examining the stories of several Minnesota women, past and present, including:

  • Rachel: an enslaved woman who lived at Fort Snelling and successfully sued for her freedom in 1836 while also facing sexual violence in Minnesota Territory
  • Carolen Bailey: a St. Paul police officer from 1961-1991 who worked on issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and prostitution in the Twin Cities
  • Cece McDonald: an African American transwoman and activist, whose murder trial made national news in 2011 after she defended herself and friends from assailants at a Minneapolis bar 
  • Ivette Izea-Martinez: a first-generation immigrant from Venezuela, she serves as co-director of family advocacy and community engagement at Casa de Esperanza, which addresses domestic violence in the Latino community