THE COMMONS

September 9 - 16, 2018  
Weekdays 9am - 1pm, 4pm -  8pm  
Weekends 10am - 6pm 

HOW TO GET THERE

The Commons is located between 4th and 5th Street S and Park Avenue and the Edition Apartments. Please note: the entrance to Forced From Home is on S 5th St, on the footpath opposite The Armory. The park is steps from the U.S. Bank Stadium Light Rail Train station and bus stops serving multiple local and express routes. Convenient bike parking is available at 55 bike racks surrounding the park. For directions, please click below. 

430 Portland Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Doctors Without Borders presents Forced From Home, a free interactive tour that takes you behind the headlines about the global refugee crisis. Guided by experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers, you’ll travel through a 10,000-square-foot space designed to convey the challenges facing a person forced to flee. You’ll also learn about the humanitarian aid we provide along the way.

Visitors experience virtual reality and 360˚ video, and interact with materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world.

Forced From Home tours are free, fully accessible, and take roughly one hour to complete. Families are welcome, however the content is best suited to children ages 12+.

General Public
Walk up any time and join a guided tour:

Weekdays 9am - 1pm, 4pm -  8pm  

Weekends 10am - 6pm

School groups welcome
Forced From Home is a great field trip opportunity for students in grades 7-12. Tours are one hour long and are held Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am - 1pm. Organizers must coordinate with our team and register in advance.

Bringing a group of 10 or more?
Please complete our group registration form at least 48 hours prior to your visit and we will be in touch to arrange a tour time.

American Sign Language tour
We will be offering an American Sign Language (ASL) tour for the deaf and hard of hearing on Saturday, September 15, at 11am. There is no need to sign up for this free tour, just show up!

Become a Forced From Home volunteer
Forced From Home is a big event that requires lots of volunteers to help run it smoothly. To learn about the responsibilities and requirements, and to sign up, visit the volunteer page.

Have a question?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, email forcedfromhome@newyork.msf.org or call 646-398-1909 (M-F 9am-5pm EST).

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Lives on the Line: Caring for Displaced People - Coffman Memorial Union Theater - Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 12, 2018 - 7:30pm

Join us for a moderated panel discussion on the global refugee crisis. Panelists will examine the physical and mental health consequences of displacement, the impact of harsh migration control measures, and policy solutions to address the needs of the 68.5 million people worldwide who have fled their homes.

Register here.

Forced From Home "Footsteps of a Fieldworker" Tour 
 Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 16, 2018

The “Footsteps of a Fieldworker” tour is designed for medical and non-medical professionals interested in working with MSF in the field. Come learn how MSF field staff provide aid to refugees around the world. Find out who we need, register for this tour and bring your recruitment questions.

Read more here.

Recruitment Info Session  Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 17, 2018


On Monday, September 17th, medical and non-medical professionals are invited to join us for an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers.

Read more here.