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.

Admission is free.

Current Exhibit

Double portrait by the photographer Wing Young Huie

Chinese-ness: Photographs by Wing Young Huie

September 11–November 11, 2018

Part documentary, part meta-memoir, and part actual memoir, this exhibit from renowned photographer Wing Young Huie explores the cultural riddle of his identity as a Minnesotan of Chinese descent.

This is a companion exhibit to the new MNHS Press book, Chinese-ness: The Meanings of Identity and the Nature of Belonging by Wing Young Huie.

Upcoming exhibits

States of Incarceration
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.


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.