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The Hennepin Medical History Center is a premier medical history museum comprised of archives, rare books, artifacts and historical images of Hennepin Healthcare.

Collections and Education

HCMC History

The HCMC History Collection includes artifacts of health care, general patient care, and medical procedures at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Metropolitan Medical Center

The Metropolitan Medical Center History Collection is dedicated to providing public access as well as preserving and collecting materials and artifacts.

Educational History

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

Oral Histories

The following interviews were conducted on behalf of the Hennepin Medical History Center for the History Center's Oral History Project. The interviewer is Mary Ellen Bennett.

Mark Odland

Dr. Mark Odland: An Oral History

Early Years of the Transplant Program at Hennepin County Medical Center

Video (YouTube)
Full Transcript (PDF)

Margaret Simpson History Center

Dr. Margaret Simpson: An Oral History

Infectious Diseases, the Early AIDS Epidemic, Infection Prevention, and Employee Health at Hennepin County Medical Center

Video (YouTube, "length/size of video")
Full Transcript (PDF)

The views and opinions expressed in these oral histories are solely those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of Hennepin Healthcare, Hennepin County Medical Center, or the Hennepin Medical History Center.
Direct quotations are based on recollection. The entire text has been edited for length and clarity. Portions of the text are redacted as noted due to privacy, confidentiality, or sensitivity of the content.

HCMC Blue Building

915 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN

The MMC Collection is located in BL.227.
The HCMC Collection is located in BL.226.


Located within Hennepin Healthcare’s HCMC hospital campus in downtown Minneapolis, the Hennepin Medical History Center preserves and shares over a century of hospital history. Visit our public gallery spaces in the lower level of the Blue Building to explore a unique collection of medical artifacts, images, and departmental and nursing school histories.  

Gallery Hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm most Thursdays  

Research or General Inquiries: [email protected] or 612-873-6485 

For patients, medical records, or employment inquiries, please access the main website, hennepinhealthcare.org.