March 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 9, 2019
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

March 2019 Events, Programs and Exhibits

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Washburn A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Take an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A guide will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years, and the many changes to the building over time. This is the only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building and the only chance to see some of its nonpublic spaces.
Tour highlights include:

  • The dramatic story of the 1878 Washburn A Mill explosion, and the other dangers that mill workers faced on a daily basis
  • "The Octopus," a large machine that directed wheat into nine storage bins
  • The Humphrey Manlift, a vertical conveyor belt that carried workers from floor to floor
  • The Rail Corridor where hundreds of boxcars arrived each day to unload wheat and carry away flour
  • Millstone plaza, originally paved with retired millstones and the location for lunchtime concerts by the Washburn-Crosby employee band in the 1920s
  • Evidence of the three major fires that have damaged the building in 1878, 1928, and 1991
  • The East Engine House, once home to a two-story steam engine, has been remodeled into two classrooms, while preserving the original railroad car pulling machinery

The tour includes no more than 1 mile of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Sat., Mar 2, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$18, MNHS members save 20%, includes museum admission
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Also Feb. 10 & Feb. 24

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hill House Chamber Players Concert
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
The Hill House Chamber Players return for the 2018-2019 season with concerts selected around the theme "Trio Masterworks." Enjoy an exploration of piano/violin/viola, cello, and clarinet trio variations, with one major trio as the centerpiece for each concert. The players are Catherine Schubilske, violin; Thomas Turner, viola; Tanya Remenikova, cello; and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano. This program is co-sponsored by the Schubert Club.
Admission includes a 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the Hill House. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Valet parking is available.
Mon., Mar 4, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
$23 adults, $12 students, MNHS members save 20%
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Also March 11

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spark! Tour for People with Memory Loss: Irish Heritage
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month.
Tue., Mar 5, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free, reservation required
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

First Thursdays @ the Capri: "Black Panther" Film Screening
Capri Theater
2027 W. Broadway Ave. Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411
Each month through March, watch a different thought-provoking film and engage in community discussion afterward around topics in history that resonate today. In March, view the 2018 superhero film Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman.
This film series is a partnership between the Minnesota Historical Society, the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, and the Capri Theater. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Thu., Mar 7, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Mental Illness & the Victorian Mind
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Mental illness was misunderstood and often feared by Victorian society. Families had to make difficult decisions about how to handle their loved one's illness in an era where health issues were not discussed in public and treatment options were limited or experimental. Both Alexander Ramsey's brother, Justus, and son-in-law, Charles, suffered from mental illness, which impacted the entire family. In this 75-minute tour, hear excerpts from newspaper accounts, family letters, and journals and discover how an influential family handled a very human reality.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Mar 8, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Planning Your Garden for Seed-Saving Workshop
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Discover how to design a garden for seed-saving in this hands-on workshop in the visitor center. Learn about seed selection, planting and growing methods, and harvesting techniques. Topics will include hand-pollination and isolation techniques, proper tools for seed saving, how to identify the best seeds to save, seed preparation, and proper storage techniques. Participants will leave with a garden plan, seed-saving tools, and some seeds for spring planting.
Sat., Mar 9, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$15/MNHS members save 20%
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History Forum: The Myth of the Religious Founding
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join historian Steven K. Green for a presentation on what he argues is the myth of Christian America. Green will argue that among the most enduring themes in American history is the idea that the United States was founded as a Christian nation. This myth arose out of three critical moments in our national past: the Puritan founding of New England; the American Revolution, and the early 19th century, when a second generation of Americans sought to redefine and reconcile the memory of the founding with their religious and patriotic aspirations. Fostered by Americans both famous and ordinary for nearly 400 years, the persistent mythos of a religious founding has become the central concept of our nation for many and the shared story that gives a deeper meaning, however false, to our collective national identity.
Green is professor of history and of law at Willamette University and author of Inventing a Christian America: The Myth of the Religious Founding
Sat., Mar 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am & 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
$16, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 2 pm

Pillsbury A Mill Tour
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the A-Mill Artist Lofts. A Mill City Museum guide will lead a tour of the former milling complex, including the rooftop deck (weather permitting) and the basement waterpower facilities.
Highlights include the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis, with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor. Guests will discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era; see the architectural highlights of the recently completed A-Mill Artist Lofts built within the historic mill buildings; and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex.
This tour is presented in partnership with A-Mill Artist Lofts and includes about 1.5 miles of moderately-paced walking indoors and outdoors with some uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility.
Tours begin at the gray door on 3rd Avenue SE at Main Street (around the corner from the main entrance at 315 Main Street SE).
Sat., Mar 9, 2019, 10:30 am – Noon
$18/MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: March 9 & March 24

Sunday, March 10, 2019

37th Annual Seed Savers Exchange
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
The Oliver Kelley Farm has promoted saving rare and heirloom seeds for more than 35 years. This annual event begins with a seed saving expert sharing insights into heirloom plants and gardening, followed by a seed exchange where visitors can discover a variety of rare seeds. Participants do not need to bring seeds in order to take seeds home. Seed art activities will be available for children.
Sun., Mar 10, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Indie Lens Pop-Up: "The Providers" Screening & Discussion
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together for film screenings and community-driven conversations about what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three "country doctors" in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.
This program includes a screening, presentation, and Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 pm; the film begins at 7 pm. Limited space is available, and tickets do not guarantee entry.
This film series is offered in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television.
Tue., Mar 12, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Concerts in the Parlor
Comstock House
506 Eighth St. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
On the second Thursday of each month, students from the Concordia College music department will perform recitals in the Comstock House parlor. Doors open at 6 pm for light refreshments and house tours. Concerts start at 6:30 pm.
Thu., Mar 14, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$5/MNHS and HCSCC members and students free
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World War II Round Table: Intelligence From the Skies
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Rob Ehlers, author of Targeting the Third Reich: Air Intelligence and the Allied Bombing Campaigns, and veterans of the air war in Europe will discuss the use of intelligence in targeting and damage assessment in the air war. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. 
Thu., Mar 14, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Cooking Class: Cozy Stocks & Soups
Oliver Kelley Farm
15788 Kelley Farm Rd. Elk River, MN 55330
Learn the basics of making stock from beef, poultry, and vegetables in this hands-on workshop. Then experiment with other ingredients to make flavorful soup in the Learning Kitchen. These classes are a series that explore various cooking techniques and the flexibility of seasonally available ingredients. Participants will cook and sample a variety of dishes from sweet to savory, to appetizer to dessert. Participants will take home printed recipes and tasty samples.
Sat., Mar 16, 2019, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$30/MNHS members save 20%
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Finding the Women in the Family
Gale Family Library
Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
The patriarchal nature of record-keeping can make researching women in family history a challenge. Explore ways to uncover the stories of sisters, aunts, mothers, and daughters using traditional family research methods as well as new methods like DNA testing. Bring a research problem or join others to think through their research problems in this working session. Instructor Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG, is a professional genealogist, author, and professor at Walden University.
Sat., Mar 16, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$32/MNHS members save 20%
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Irish Heritage Weekend
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age on a themed tour. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women's needlepoint and lace-making. Tours will include favorite Irish songs and stories of the Hills and their servants, many of them Irish, to explore the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.
Sat., March 16, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free
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Also March 17 from Noon-4 pm

Votes for Minnesota Women Capitol Tour
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155
In 1919, the US Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Minnesota ratified the amendment in September, and by August of 1920, it was adopted by all states. On the 100th anniversary, take a special tour that focuses on Minnesota women who played significant roles in securing the right to vote.
Learn about the struggles and success stories of Minnesota women who worked to persuade elected officials in the State Capitol to grant women the vote. Plus, learn about the first elected women to take office in Minnesota, what role they played in state government, and how women today participate in elected office.
Sat., Mar 16, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$10 adults, $9 seniors, veterans/active military, and college students, $8 age 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
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Sunday, March 17, 2019

SPARK! Baking Workshop for People with Memory Loss
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Whip up a delicious treat in this baking experience tailored to all ability levels for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Mill City Museum is a member of SPARK!, an alliance of cultural institutions that offer programming specifically tailored to people with memory loss.
Sun., Mar 17, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Somali Weaving Workshop
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Join a hands-on, immersive class to learn a Somali weaving technique using no loom or frame. Somali nomads use this finger-weaving technique to create mats to cover their homes, which visitors can see on display in the Somalis + Minnesota exhibit. This class will be taught by Ardho Ismail, Amina Shire, and Hawa Aden and is suitable for all ages and for Somali and non-Somali alike. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibit Somalis + Minnesota. Support for this program has been provided by the Marney and Conley Brooks Fund.
Tue., Mar 19, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

History Lounge: Madame Ambassador
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Diplomat. Eugenie Anderson, played many roles in a life that nearly spanned the 20th century. Hear from Mary Dupont, Anderson's granddaughter and author of Mrs. Ambassador: The Life and Politics of Eugenie Anderson, about how Anderson brought energy and eloquence to the Minnesota DFL, as a lifelong adviser to Hubert Humphrey and the first woman ambassador for the US. Throughout her life, Anderson drew attention to civil rights and democratic values and engaged in "people's diplomacy" by reaching out to everyday citizens at home and abroad.
Tue., Mar 19, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Friday, March 22, 2019

Ramsey After Dark: Crime and Justice
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
In 1859, newspapers throughout Minnesota covered the murder trial of Ann Bilansky, a St. Paul woman accused of poisoning her husband. Although Bilansky was convicted and later executed in 1860, doubts remained about whether she was truly guilty. In this 75-minute guided tour, learn about those involved with the case, from Bilansky and her lawyers to politicians and newspaper reporters. Hear excerpts from records detailing court testimony, see newspaper articles chronicling the timeline of events, and discover what role forensic evidence played in gaining a conviction.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up.
Fri., Mar 22, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm & 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
$11 adults, $10 seniors and college students, MNHS members save 20%
Get Tickets: 7 pm & 8:30 pm

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Women of Mill City Family Day
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
Celebrate Women's History Month with a day devoted to the women of Mill City. Enjoy performances by Mill City Museum History Players portraying 19th and 20th-century women who contributed to Minnesota history and Minneapolis' flour milling, like the female flour packers known as "mill girls" who began working at the Washburn A Mill in 1902. By 1919 dozens of women worked as packers on the 5th floor of the Utility Building, which became known as "No Man's Land." Plus, guests can explore the exhibits, dress up and have their picture taken as a 1950s mill worker, and make a paper hat like women flour packers wore in 1919.
Sat., Mar 23, 2019, 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free

Monday, March 25, 2019

House of Memories: Professional Caregiver Training
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Professional care staff are invited to a half-day workshop designed to learn how to use museum resources to encourage memory sharing and help people live well with dementia. The workshop centers on objects, photographs, ephemera, and their associated stories housed at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Caregivers will learn what types of memory activities and resources are available and how to use them to communicate with people living with dementia. Examples include creating memory boxes, memory trees, and participating in museum programs. Caregivers will also work with the free My House of Memories app, designed with and for people living with dementia, so they can do memory sharing at home, in residential care homes, or any setting.
House of Memories is a dementia awareness program developed in partnership with National Museums Liverpool. This workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Mon., Mar 25, 2019, 9:00 am – Noon & 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free, reservation required
Get Tickets: 9 am & 1 pm

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

House of Memories: Friends & Family Caregiver Workshop
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102
Friends and family caregivers are invited to a half-day workshop designed to learn to use museum resources to encourage memory sharing and help people to live well with dementia. The workshop centers on objects, photographs, ephemera, and their associated stories housed at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Caregivers will learn what types of memory activities and resources are available and how to use them to communicate with people living with dementia. Examples include creating memory boxes, memory trees, and participating in museum programs. Caregivers will also work with the free My House of Memories app, designed with and for people living with dementia, so they can do memory sharing at home, in residential care homes, or any setting.
Boxed lunches will be served.
House of Memories is a dementia awareness program developed in partnership with National Museums Liverpool. The workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
Tue., Mar 26, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free, reservation required
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Also March 27 and March 28

Thursday, March 28, 2019

History Happy Hour: The Victorian Table
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St. St. Paul, MN 55102
Enjoy a drink with friends while learning about the opulent dinners, bizarre menu items, and servant stories of the Victorian era in this food-focused evening. This program for age 21 and up. Admission includes two drinks, snacks, presentation, and time to mingle in the mansion.
Thu., Mar 28, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$26/MNHS members save 20%|
Get Tickets:  5:30 pm & 8:30 pm

World War II Round Table: The Contributions of Women in the Air War
Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave. St. Paul, MN 55111
Sarah Byrn Rickman, author of WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds, will present the many contributions of women pilots in training and operations for the Air Force. The Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Round Table brings together authors, historians, and WWII veterans to discuss the history of the conflict and to share the stories of those who lived through it. 
Thu., Mar 28, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5 recommended donation/students and veterans free

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Conservationist Aldo Leopold Day
Forest History Center
2609 County Road 76 Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. On this day, learn more about the man who many consider the father of wildlife management. Activities include readings from Leopold's collection of essays, Sand County Almanac, screenings of Green Fire, a documentary about his life, Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations on how to build a Leopold bench, and nature walks.
Sat., Mar 30, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Maple Sap, Syrup, & Sugar Demo
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Dr. Onamia, MN 56359
Join museum staff for a demonstration of traditional and contemporary methods of harvesting and processing maple sap. Guests will observe the process of gathering maple sap and boiling it into syrup and sugar. Hourly demonstrations of sugar making will be held at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Samples of maple sugar will be available.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of bad weather, this event will be moved indoors.
Sat., Mar 30, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Included with $6-10 site admission/MNHS members free

Starch Madness: Baking a Cookie Champion, the Fresh Four
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55407
As Minneapolis hosts the 2019 NCAA Final Four basketball championship, join Mill City Museum for Starch Madness, a cookie competition to decide the ultimate cookie champion! In March, vote on Facebook to nominate your classic favorites and rookie cookie recipes that will make up the field of 16 Sweets. In the following weeks, cast your votes online to decide which cookies move on to the round of eight and the top four.
A taste-off of those Fresh Four will take place in the museum's Baking Lab on March 30 and 31. Then visit on Sunday, April 7 for the live, high stakes, bake-off between the top two cookies. Come see our bakers in action, taste-test the cookies, and decide the champion.
Sat., Mar 30, 2019, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free
Also March 31 & April 7

Ongoing Exhibits

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul

Closes June 9, 2019  Somalis + Minnesota 
See this new exhibit on Somali history and culture, developed in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society and the Somali Museum of Minnesota. The exhibit will showcase Somali culture—from traditional life in Africa, through the massive migration that began in the 1990s, to today’s large, well-established Minnesota Somali community. Find out more.

Ongoing

Then Now Wow
Designed primarily for children, visitors of all ages will enjoy exploring Minnesota’s distinctive places from the prairies and forests to the cities. Along the way they'll meet the people who have made their homes here. Step inside a prairie sod house; board a Twin Cities streetcar; don a headlamp to venture underground in an Iron Range mine; hitch a ride on a boxcar; sit in a modern tipi; and encounter artifacts and images unique to Minnesota’s diverse people and historic events. “Then Now Wow” is made possible by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Find out more.

Ongoing

Minnesota’s Greatest Generation: The Depression, The War, The Boom
Explore interactive displays and innovative multimedia experiences that reveal the lives and stories of the men and women who came of age during the Depression and World War II and went on to create the postwar “boom.” The exhibition relies substantially on first-person narratives drawn from oral history interviews, published memoirs, reminiscences and letters. Find out more.

Ongoing

Open House: If These Walls Could Talk 
This interactive exhibit uses a single, existing house in the Railroad Island neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past. Stories of families, from the German immigrants who built the home through the Italians, African Americans and Hmong who succeeded them, are told through rooms representing different eras of the house. Find out more.

Ongoing

Weather Permitting
Minnesotans learn to cope with extreme temperatures, watch for signs of storms and generally enjoy the outdoors, whether boating on a summer’s day, skiing down a hill or snowmobiling across snowdrifts. Visit the multimedia tornado exhibit, “Get to the Basement,” named the best museum exhibit in the Twin Cities by City Pages. Find out more.