Our permanent collections are operated by the Hennepin Health Foundation.

The collections are located in the lower level of the HCMC Blue Building – 915 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN. MAP

Both collections are open:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10am - 2pm and by appointment

The MMC Collection:
Is located in BL.227.

The HCMC Collection:
Is located in BL.226.

Email | 612.873.6090

150 years of History

Enjoy a historical look of the hospitals from inception through mergers and transitions spaning 140 years. Read More

hennepin county hospital timeline

Welcome to the Hennepin Medical History Center!

The Hennepin Medical History Center at the Hennepin County Medical Center is a premier medical history museum celebrating the history of medicine and medical education in Minneapolis. The collection is like no other in the Twin Cities. The History Center is comprised of archives, rare books, artifacts and images of the history of the Hennepin County Medical Center and Metropolitan Medical Center, and their predecessors.

New exhibit traveling!

“Unpacked: Suitcases, Briefcases, and Bags from Hennepin County Hospitals” is an exhibition by the Hennepin Medical History Center. The exhibition will be displayed at the Hennepin History Museum from April 17-October 25, 2015. This exhibit features stories of patients, nurses, doctors, and other staff members through suitcases, bags, and briefcases, filled with items that might typically be brought to the hospital.

 Please join us for an opening reception from 5-8pm on Friday, April 17. The Hennepin History Museum is located at 2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.


Check out the history blog! The website blog offers reflections and experiences by current and former HCMC employees and staff members about their work and careers at the Medical Center. The interviews were conducted and edited by Iric Nathanson and Thomas R. Mattison.

The current blog features Lynn Abrahamsen.


HCMC History Collection

HCMC History Collection is a lively look at the field of health care, general patient care, and medical procedures at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Learn More

The Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) History Collection

The Metropolitan Medical Center (MMC) History Collection, established in 1974, is dedicated to providing public access as well as preserving and collecting materials and artifacts that document the history of the MMC. Learn More

Educational History

There were many types of education programs at the hospitals in Minneapolis. Nursing schools were often unique to the specific hospital. Learn More



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