Exhibit First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom

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First Avenue Stories of Minnesota's Mainroom


Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 259 3015


Your all-access pass to the stars, the shows, and the stories of the legendary club that put Minnesota music on the map.

Since 1970, First Avenue & 7th St. Entry have been at the heart of the Minnesota music scene. Celebrate the musicians, the employees, and the regulars who called First Avenue their rock 'n' roll home

Discover how First Avenue, its staff, and the Minneapolis music scene have changed over five decades. Around each corner you'll run into a new band, singer, or DJ, brought to life through video, photographs, and artifacts.

Hear personal stories from music legends, bartenders, bouncers and more
See big-name bands in their earliest days at 7th St. Entry, including The Replacements and Hüsker Dü
Watch video clips from the club's first raucous performance by Joe Cocker in 1970
Step into the '80s-era office of long-time manager Steve McClellan and learn about the venue's inner workings
See Prince's iconic suit from Purple Rain and memorial items left at First Avenue after his passing