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

Going Out, Coming In Exhibit.

Going Out, Coming In: LGBTQ+ Spaces in Downtown Minneapolis

April 18 – July 14, 2024

Going Out, Coming In is a photo exhibit about LGBTQ+ community spaces in downtown Minneapolis. The exhibit details queer resistance, love, and identity formation amid the evolution of the neighborhood through the 20th century.

The exhibit features sites where queer people found or created community while addressing the systemic challenges of legal and extralegal discrimination, urban renewal, and HIV/AIDS. 

This exhibit deepens our understanding of the people that lived and visited downtown Minneapolis. We hope visitors leave with an understanding of the importance of community spaces, a sense of empathy or solidarity with LGBTQ+ people, and a sense of belonging and empowerment in seeing queer history embedded into the landscape of the city. 

This exhibit is part of an ongoing partnership between Twin Cities Pride and the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). It is inspired by the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ History Tours developed by TC Pride and MNHS in 2022.

The exhibit will be located in the museum’s central Mill Commons, and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours from April 18 to July 14, 2024.

This exhibit is made possible through funding provided by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Upcoming exhibit

The Art of Disability Justice Now.

The Art of Disability Justice Now

July 19 – November 3, 2024

The Art of Disability Justice Now is a disability community-centered exhibition that is curated, organized, and supported by artists, activists, and community organizers to serve as a snapshot of what disability justice is now in the Twin Cities and why it’s important.

Inspired by the principles of the disability justice movement, this exhibition deliberately centers the narratives and leadership of individuals who have historically been most marginalized within the mainstream disability rights movement, including BIPOC, queer, trans, and immigrant disabled people.

Community-curated by AmplifyMN: A Disability Justice Collective and the students in AH 5950, Curating Disability Justice (UMN-Twin Cities). In partnership with and supported by the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub, the Minnesota Historical Society, University Libraries, the Critical Disability Studies Collective, The University of Minnesota Imagine Fund, and The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Exhibiting artists: AK Garski, Alison Bergblom Johnson, Donna Ray, Drew Maude-Griffin, Emma MacLean, HML, Janice Essick, Jamie Kubat, Madison Elyse Rubenstein, Zoe Cinel, Taja Will, May Ling Kopecky, Ocean C. Poet, and Trista Marie McGovern.

Funding provided by the State of Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment, through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008, and our generous donors and members.