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Minneapolis Institute of Art

The entire world of decorative art is here. Fantastic and endlessly amazing.

Wangensteen Historical Library

Hidden five flights up in Diehl Hall, the Wangensteen library is not exactly accessible. Nor is it meant to be, as it is a working academic library with offices and teaching staff working in it. However, any bibliophile worth their… Continue Reading →

Bell Museum of Natural History

The new Bell has the warmth and appeal of an airport. Too little actual content, too much faux puffery.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

The Minnesota Center for Books Arts is primarily a place for book-art related classes and workshops.

Prospect Park Water Tower

Have you ever been driving on 94-West and noticed a strange tower on a hill, shaped like a witch’s hat?

Textile Center

The Textile Center – A National Center for Fiber Art – is primarily a learning center for all things fiber art.

The House of Balls

See a most precious, vivid and wild imagination at work in its natural setting. An absolute delight to visit!

The Museum of Russian Art

The subject matter ranges from Soviet posters, embroidered clothing, notable Russian painters – even photos of Chernobyl. While small in size, the shows are of excellent quality and very unique.

Pavek Museum

Massive, elaborate radios from the 1920s share space 1970s television cameras, metal tape machines, a working morse code station and vintage Apple IIe.The vast number of changes in communications in a relatively short amount of time is staggering.

Museum Louvre It Or Leave It

The quirky and eclectic collection of art was a donation of Joann and Gary Fink and include sculptures, paintings, photography, cartoons and prints.

Betty Danger’s Country Club

Billed as the “country club for the 99%”, this ludicrous haven of pink and green plaid is (unsurprisingly) neither in the country, nor a club.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden

Despite small signs of human encroachment, the native plants are left to flower and spread.

American Museum of Asmat Art

The Asmat people are a native community living on New Guinea, an island in the Pacific north of Australia.

Como Park Conservatory

The Como Park Conservatory is a tropical paradise on the frozen Minnesota prairie. Substantially larger than most midwest conservatories, it houses a Fern Room, Palm House, Sunken Garden, Orchid and Tropical houses, along with many outdoor gardens. The venerable collection… Continue Reading →

Walker Art Center

Claes Oldenburg (Coosje van Bruggen)’s iconic sculpture “Spoon Bridge” appears on nearly every piece of tourism advertising for Minneapolis. The piece, along with many others, is housed in a sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. The Walker not only… Continue Reading →

Midtown Global Market

Inspired by traditional markets like Cleveland’s West Side Market or Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the midwest is now getting our own international shopping markets. Joining the Milwaukee Public Market, Minneapolis’s Midtown Global Market delivers on its international promise. Housed in a… Continue Reading →

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