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

Six people in a canoe on a lake.

Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography

June 1–September 8, 2019

This photography exhibit, exploring the theme “Connection,” showcases the work of young Native American artists. These five teens came together over 12 weeks to learn the process of digital photography and investigate historical and contemporary Native representation in a guided, supportive and culturally sensitive environment.

This exhibit is the culmination of a partnership program between the Minnesota Historical Society and Two Rivers Gallery.


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.