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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 →

Hunt & Gather

Minneapolis’s Hunt & Gather calls itself an “antique store,” but the title doesn’t do it justice. The¬† location, once seen, is never forgotten. One of their specialties is old sign letters.¬† The front of the store is crusted (for lack… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum is a short drive from Minneapolis. With its more rural location, the Arboretum has the opportunity to spread and sprawl in a highly satisfactory manner. At over 1100 acres, plan to spend at least… Continue Reading →

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is likely the most ornate house in the midwest open to the public. The original owners, the Turnblad family, made their fortune with a Swedish language newspaper. The mansion has every feature de rigueur to the… Continue Reading →

Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction/Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore

Unlike the neat and orderly Once Upon a Crime, Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore is more concerned about volume. They will have what you want, but it may take some digging. With every conceivable mystery and sci-fi title available (along with posters,… Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Crime

What better way to spend an hour or two than browsing a bookstore, especially if it is packed wall-to-wall with murder, mystery and deceit? Once Upon a Crime is a cozy bookstore that, despite its size, is loaded with excellent… Continue Reading →

Weisman Art Museum

Clinging to the banks of the Mississippi, the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum looks like it landed, rather than was built. One of famed architect Frank Gehry’s designs, the museum is a convoluted, twisting silver mass reminiscent of one of… Continue Reading →

Architectural Antiques

Housed in an old warehouse, Architectural Antiques hosts a vast array of salvaged architectural features. Many of the most graceful details on historic architecture end up in dumpsters – lighting fixtures, glass doorknobs, stained glass windows, wood paneling and more…. Continue Reading →

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