A museum exhibit about suburbia? We’re there!
When we were plotting our route down the Great River Road the marketing materials suggested the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
That they were just opening an exhibit called “Suburbia” was entirely by chance.
Or was it?
We noticed the Center was free on Tuesday nights from 5-8 to so we scheduled our Dutch selves there during that time.
The exhibit retells the story of the explosion of classic American suburbs in the post-war boom of the 1950’s - but localized for the Twin Cities area. You could:
- View aerial maps of the area from decade to decade (watching farmland disappear)
- Look at sample floorplans being built during that time (some not too far off of today’s tiny houses)
- Look at sample merchandise from the large stores and malls of the era (did you know Target started in 1962 in the Twin Cities suburbs?)
- Sit in a ‘56 Chevy Station Wagon (I had to duck to see out the windows)
- Read of the racial tensions in the suburbs (typical of what we’ve learned about in the ‘original’ suburban Levittowns of New York)