Hennepin Avenue is a major street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, running from Lakewood Cemetery (at 36th Street) in the Uptown District of Southwest Minneapolis, through the Warehouse District in the city center, to Northeast Minneapolis and the city's eastern boundary.
In Downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin Avenue serves as a major entertainment thoroughfare, dubbed the Hennepin Theatre District. It also serves as the dividing line between "North" and "South" street addresses. Across the river, it divides "Northeast" and "Southeast" street addresses. To the east of the Minneapolis city limits, it becomes Larpenteur Avenue at Highway 280.
For sections south of the Mississippi River, Hennepin Avenue follows stretches of an old Indian trail from Saint Anthony Falls to Lake Calhoun. It was named after Father Louis Hennepin, a Roman Catholic priest and explorer of the interior of North America. It is one of the oldest streets in the city and was the first street to cross the Mississippi River, when the first Hennepin Avenue suspension bridge was completed in 1855.
The street has achieved iconic status in Minneapolis culture, featuring prominently in the Prince movie Purple Rain and memorialized in songs by Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams, among others.