Special Exhibits

The former packing floor of the mill, now Mill Commons, now features the museum store, cafe, changing exhibits, and visitor information. The exhibits are free to the public during regular museum hours and change two to three times per year.

Current Exhibit

Photo illustration of Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now

Minneapolis Riverfront Then and Now, 1858 and 2008

June 27, 2018 – October 28, 2018

View photographs from the 1850s–1860s alongside 2008 photos taken from the same vantage points by Jerry Mathiason—and see the dramatic changes made to the Minneapolis riverfront over the past 150 years. 

Supported by a grant from the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.

Upcoming Exhibit

Thank You for Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores

November 15, 2018–February 24, 2019

Stores like Dayton's, Powers, and Donaldson's once ruled the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Explore the golden age of Minnesota department stores in this photography exhibit, a companion to the new MNHS Press book by Kristal Leebrick.