Minneapolis and St Paul offer many places for the History Buff or Art Lover to Explore. Take a day off and Enjoy!
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Don’t forget to stop by the now famous Spoonbridge and Cherry, designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, that has become the most visual photo distributed describing Minneapolis. The Sculpture Garden was opened in 1988 and has many different types of large sculpture. Make sure to walk through the Cowles Conservatory which is also on site.
Walker Art Center
The newly expanded Minneapolis Walker Art Center is a great place to view contemporary art, performing arts, films, enjoy dance, or take classes. If you get hungry walking around there are two restaurants on site for you to enjoy.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Ranking in the top 10 for most comprehensive art museums in the country, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a great place to view artist works from around the globe, as well as pieces from every period of human history.
American Swedish Institute
Enjoy the historic setting of the American Swedish Institute in the castle house built in 1904 and observe the arts, culture, and history of Scandinavia.
Mill City Museum
Located in the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, the Mill City Museum is an attraction for all ages as it “chronicles the flour milling industry that dominated world flour production for roughly a half-century and fueled the growth of Minneapolis”.
The Museum of Russian Art
The Museum of Russian Art is the only non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Russian 19th-20th century Realist paintings, and from that, preserving a visual record of life in the Soviet Union in the United States.
Weisman Art Museum
If you really want an art fix, visit the Weisman Art Museum in downtown Minneapolis which has over 16,000 works of art.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Bakken Museum
Located in Minneapolis, the Bakken Museum is a hair raising experience through its exibits about electricity. Discover the little scientist in you as you explore the museum in the “West Winds” mansion on Lake Calhoun.
The Goldstein Museum of Design
Hennepin History Museum
The Hennepin History Museum is one of the Twin Cities’ most unique social history museums. They offer superb exhibits, an historic mansion setting, and archival collections of priceless scholarly value.
Bell Museum of Natural History
The James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History was established by state legislative mandate in 1872 to collect, preserve, skillfully prepare, display, and interpret our state’s diverse animal and plant life for scholarly research and teaching and for public appreciation, enrichment, and enjoyment. It is a great place for kids as they have an extensive scientific collection with over 4 Million Specimens!
Minnesota Children’s Museum
We all love to be a kid, so why not enjoy the same thing they do? Adults and kids can both enjoy the seven galleries packed with interactive adventures to spark the imagination. Visit the Children’s Museum in St Paul and learn about science and different cultures and places.
Minnesota History Center
Wells Fargo History Museum