Open House: If These Walls Could Talk is a story told at the Minnesota Historical Society.

It focuses on a single, ordinary house on St. Paul’s East side and the people who made that house their home.

Although the story is small, it opened up big possibilities – to define a new approach to story telling in a gallery; to extend the boundaries of “exhibit” beyond the building’s walls; to design a gallery that feels like a real place, one completely open to visitor discovery; and to inspire visitors to take on the mantle of historian.

The Open House exhibit has proven to be extremely successful in fostering personal connections not just between the people who lived in the house, but also the visitors who heard its story.