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LeDuc Historic Estate

The LeDuc Estate is a gorgeous gothic revival house in Hastings, MN. Built by William LeDuc in the 1850s, the perpetually broke businessman took years to complete the house. Always one to speculate, and never one to collect, the family… Continue Reading →

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 →

Minnesota Museum of American Art

The “Minnesota Museum of American Art” is a most grandiose and inaccurately named location. The small, one-room gallery is dwarfed by the size of the outer ante-chamber and shop. Additionally, the one show on display when we visited was of… 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!

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.

Como Park Zoo and Japanese Garden

The Japanese Gardens of Como Park are stunning. Serene, sculpted, controlled and incredibly lush, they are the perfect place to find a bit of quiet after the zoo and conservatories.

Goldstein Museum of Design

However, the pieces that are publicly available are of exceptional quality – from top couture names to examples of the most common, such as the ghastly Earth Shoe.

American Museum of Asmat Art

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

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