The Twin Cities may be known more for snow than show, but the fine arts are alive and well in Minnesota. Next time you’re in Minneapolis-St. Paul, consider a stop at one of these quality art museums.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This classic art museum, found just south of downtown Minneapolis, features works from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, as well as paintings by the masters and more recent works of art. Admission to the museum is free, and families will enjoy the monthly Family Days which combine art, music, dance, and craft to portray a theme.
- The Minneapolis Insitute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Walker Art Center
Modern art enthusiasts will find their home at the Walker Art Center, just west of downtown Minneapolis, where even the building itself is modern in design. Families will enjoy the special programs offered on Free First Saturdays. Adjacent to the museum, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home to the famed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture as well as other outdoor art pieces.
- Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Weisman Art Museum
Found on the banks of the Mississippi River on the campus of the University of Minnesota, the recently re-0pened Weisman Art Museum is as well-known for its Frank Gehry-designed building as for its art space inside. Art ranging from ancient to modern finds its home at this museum, which features free admission.
- Weisman Art Museum
333 East River Road
The Museum of Russian Art
Russian art of various media and time period is featured at this museum in South Minneapolis just off I-35W. It is the only museum in North America dedicated solely to the collection and preservation of Russian art and artifacts.
- The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Avenue South
The Minnesota Museum of American Art
Though this museum is currently homeless, its collection is still being presented to the public in a series of traveling exhibitions throughout the state. Highlights include works by Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton in the current “Treasures” exhibition that is moving around the state.
- The Minnesota Museum of American Art
No matter what type of art you enjoy, you’ll find something you like in the various art museums in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Which is your favorite?
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Linda (minnemom) writes about family travel at Travels with Children.