Mission: The mission of Museum of Minneapolis is to engage, represent, and collaborate with diverse communities through collection initiatives, education, exhibits and public programs. 


Vision: Museum of Minneapolis works to celebrate the intersections of arts and culture in order to communicate our shared yet diverse community history. 

The overarching goal of Museum of Minneapolis is to celebrate the intersections between history and art through creation of dynamic exhibits and programs that will have broad community presence. Programs will inform exhibits and the content will inform their placement.

Museum of Minneapolis will document community histories through the ways in which these communities express themselves through visual and performance arts, dress, and storytelling (oral histories). The collection of artifacts and archives will allow the museum to record the histories more comprehensively for researchers, and to present exhibits grounded in history. 

At this time we do not have a physical building. While MoM continues to lay the groundwork for a permanent facility to house collections, serve as a space for community dialogue and present exhibitions, we want you to see the types of community efforts that fuel us in our work to fulfill our mission of inclusivity. 


Museum of Minneapolis is presently working on a series of projects to be presented on the same theme, The Art and Culture of Protest. The first project is a podcast being created in collaboration with Amplify: The Oral History Podcast Network, founded by Kate Brenner. 


  • Facilitate equitable representation in the historical narrative of Minneapolis.

  • Invite project proposals from diverse communities throughout Minneapolis and provide tools that enable people to tell their own stories from their own perspectives.

  • Create partnerships and programs that lead to continued opportunities for representation and collaboration.

Museum of Minneapolis' Core Values

Staff and Board

Jaden Hansen

President & Executive Director

Jaden has worked in the Twin Cities arts and culture sector for 12+ years. He founded Museum of Minneapolis as a way to create more opportunities for marginalized communities to access representation through  story telling tools, engagement, and exhibition opportunities. Jaden has a degree from the University of Minnesota in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Ancient Greek. He entered museums by following his passion for working with ancient materials and diverse cultures in the field of archaeology. Jaden's first museum position was as Curator of the Scott County Historical Society before accepting a position as Executive Director at the Hennepin History Museum in Minneapolis, where he worked from 2006-2012. Many of the projects he encountered at HHM fueled his desire to begin an organization that could focus solely on equitable representation for all Minneapolitans. Additionally, Jaden's experience in the arts includes running the Institutional Development program at Minnesota Opera, Development Manager at Theater Latte Da, and serving on numerous boards including the Minnesota Association of Museums, Associates of the James Ford Bell Library, and the American Alliance of Museums' LGBTQ Alliance Steering Committee. Jaden served as a Civil Rights Commissioner for the City of Minneapolis in 2008 as a Mayoral appointee by R.T. Rybak.

Kate Brenner

James Burns

Tor Chavarria

Jennifer Hensley

Katherine Simmons

Museum of Minneapolis Board of Directors

Kathy Harris 

Museum of Minneapolis holds a monthly board meeting on the second Monday of each month. These meetings are open to the public. For information on location, please contact the Director, Jaden Hansen at jaden@museumofmpls.org. 


Museum of Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

The Museum of Minneapolis is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit

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The mission of MoM is to engage, preserve, and collaborate with diverse communities through collection initiatives, education, exhibits and public program about the history of Minneapolis.