The view from the top of the Mill City Museum. Photo by Zack Benz

New Exhibit at Mill City Museum to feature vibrant photos of Minnesota’s night sky

“Spirits Dancing” will showcase stunning night sky photography from Travis Novitsky.

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MINNEAPOLIS— A new, free photography exhibit coming to Mill City Museum will explore the wonders of the stars and how we understand our place in the universe.

Showcasing the work of photographer Travis Novitsky from Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the new exhibit, titled “Spirits Dancing: Photographs of the Night Sky” highlights majestic, starry nights in northern Minnesota. “Spirits Dancing” reveals how the union of Western science and Indigenous knowledge enriches our understanding of our place in the universe.

The photos, drawn from the recently released book “Spirits Dancing: The Night Sky, Indigenous Knowledge, and Living Connections to the Cosmos” by Novitsky with text by Annette S. Lee PhD, MFA (Communities Ojibwe and D(L)akota) and published by MNHS Press, tell the story of how humans have long marveled at the night sky and found peace in stargazing.

Located in the Mill Commons area of the Mill City Museum, the exhibit will be free and open to the public during regular museum hours through April 7, 2024. 

Visitors can get their first look at “Spirits Dancing” on November 15 during a free exhibit opening reception and book launch from 6–8 pm. At 7 pm, Novitsky will discuss his photography process, Indigenous knowledge, and the cosmic phenomena captured in his photographs.

More information about the “Spirits Dancing” exhibit can be found at

To schedule a preview of the exhibit, please contact Nick Jungheim.

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