Arts & Leisure

Arts in Minneapolis

In 2015, USA Today voted NE Minneapolis Arts District as the nation’s best art district!


Yup. Minnesotans boast quite a bit about resisting boastfulness. Quiet, unassuming, modest, stoic — classic bachelor farmer roots in this region! But one thing we WILL boast about is our vibrant theater scene! Yup. ‘Tis true: the Twin Cities is second only to New York City in terms of theater per capita. It is (proudly, unabashedly, boastfully) the third largest theater market in the country, after NYC and Chicago!


A crown jewel in its Pritzker-Prize winning architectural design and execution by Jean Nouvel, the Guthrie is a marvelous three stage complex overlooking the grand Mississippi. If NAME meeting commitments limit access to seeing a theater production, go check out the amazing architecture of the “endless bridge”, the interplay of the building’s circular and rectangular forms, the “amber box” (inspired by the architect’s golden tint on his ski goggles that infused a sense of a permanent sunny day).

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

The Minneapolis of Art is affectionately known as Mia. It is the largest art museum in the city. It holds over 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection. The collection includes art from 6 continents spanning approximately 20,000 years.

It was established in 1883 by 25 citizens. The original structure was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead, and White and opened to the public in 1915. Later additions were designed by Kenzo Tange in 1974 and Michael Graves in 2006.

General admission is free. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Current exhibitions include:

  • Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection (ticketed exhibition at $20 per ticket) including masterworks by Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe)
  • Who’s Who: Seeing Back to Front
  • American Modernism: Selections from the Kunin Collection
  • James Castle: The Experience of Every Day
  • The Chronicles of Native Life: The MacMillan Gift of Seth Eastman Watercolors
  • Living Rooms | The American Period Rooms: Inside/Out

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Special Social Group Event

Saturday, September 10, 2016

1:30 PM

Admission $5.00, Group limited to 20 participants

Please note that it is NOT necessary to read the book to enjoy the tour!

The book just lends another dimension but the art can be appreciated regardless.

This private tour will feature the writing of award-winning Minnesota author Louise Erdrich and her acclaimed book with its Minneapolis setting: The Antelope Wife. Our docent-led tour will feature the works of art that highlight and integrate the novel’s themes. There will be time after the tour to explore MiA’s collection of over 10,000 works.



Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is one of the five largest modern art museums in the United States. It was established in 1927 as the first public art gallery in the upper Midwest. The collection’s focus is on modern art including works by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti.

Weisman Art Museum

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry for the University of Minnesota. It formally opened in 1993.

Mill City Museum

Known as the Washburn “A” Mill, it was severely damaged by a 1991 fire. The Mill City Museum was opened in 2003.

First Avenue Nightclub

Launched the musical career of hometown boy and larger-than-life celebrity, Prince.

Foshay Tower

When builder Wilbur Foshay designed this tower, it is said he wanted a tower that was in the realm of the Washington Monument. In 1929, the 32-story building was the highest in Minneapolis and kept that status until 1971.