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Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities on the upper course of the Mississippi, together form the largest city in Minnesota. Minneapolis is the quintessence of the glistening modern American city. The city has extensive parks and green spaces that blend seamlessly into the urban environment. Alongside natural spaces, Minneapolis provides an abundance of cultural attractions to explore, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the American Swedish Institute, and the Mill City Museum. Many of the city's top attractions can be accessed by public transportation or without a vehicle, including the more natural settings found in such places as Minnehaha Regional Park. Bike and multi-use pathways, like the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, are a great way to get around, if not the most recommended route.

ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT IN Minneapolis

1. Minnehaha Regional Park

To the southeast of the city, extending along the banks of the Mississippi, is Minnehaha Park. This city treasure is home to the 53-foot-high Minnehaha Falls, as well as statues of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, the chief characters in Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha. The park is one of the oldest and most popular in the city, receiving more than 800,000 visitors each year. Other fun things to do include strolling through a pergola garden, dining at the Sea Salt Eatery, and enjoying a live show at the Minnehaha Bandstand.

2. Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has a large collection of works from many countries and in many styles, including pictures by European masters such as Rubens and Rembrandt. The collection features pieces from a wide variety of cultures dating back 5,000 years. On display are sculptures, photographs, paintings, drawings, textiles, and prints. Admission is always free, and so are the public tours, and with a Family Center on-site, this cultural resource is a good option for all ages.

3. Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater opened on May 7,1963 with a production of Hamlet directed by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater's founder. Today, the theater presents classic and contemporary productions on three different stages and has remained true to its commitment to offer productions of Shakespeare's plays. More than 40 years after it was established, a new building was constructed in 2006, situated along the Mississippi River. The unique building showcases large images of past performances on its exterior. Touring the facility is a fun part of any visit, and the theater offers guided backstage tours on Friday and Saturday mornings.

4. Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota is an architectural highlight of the campus and the city. Designed by Frank Gehry, the building is an eye-catching, four-story, stainless steel structure of a hard-to-define shape. The museum's collection focuses primarily on American Modernism, traditional Korean furniture, and ancient Mimbres pottery from the American Southwest. The museum's Public Art on Campus program has resulted in a variety of art being displayed around the campus. General admission to the facility and all exhibitions is free.

5. Children's Theatre Company

The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis presents plays for all ages, including performances designed to inspire youth. Many productions are based on classic children's literature. Plays are presented from January through June, and the CTC also offers Theater Arts Training programs for youth to introduce them to the performing arts.

6. Mill City Museum

The Mill City Museum was built within the Washburn A Mill and chronicles the flour milling industry. The Mill was built in 1880 and was the largest of its kind at that time. A devastating fire in 1991 left the structure in ruins. The present day museum has been built on the ruins and features an eight-story glass facade, giving the building a contrasting historic and modern look. Exhibits recount Minneapolis' status as a world leader in flour production from 1880 to 1930.

7. American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute offers a look at and demonstrates the importance of the surrounding region's Swedish heritage. The institute consists of the modern Nelson Cultural Center and the historic Turnblad Mansion. The Turnblad Mansion was originally commissioned in the early 20th century by Swan Turnblad, owner of the largest Swedish Newspaper in the United States. Swan and his family donated their mansion and the newspaper to what was then the American Institute for Swedish Art. Today, visitors can tour the mansion and observe the original carved oak, walnut, and mahogany of the interior. Swedish glass, textiles, fine art, and authentic tile stoves are also on display.

8. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden displays sculptures of the Walker Art Center in a lovely 19-acre urban green space. One of the most famous pieces is Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry. In addition to the sculptures, this popular tourist attraction is also home to the Cowles Pavilion & Regis Promenade and the Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden with seasonal displays. The Sculpture Garden received major renovations in 2017 to support sustainable initiatives, including stormwater management and natural habitat restoration, and now this public space is greener than ever.

9. Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is devoted to contemporary art. The center is an important venue in the city, with visual and performing arts, as well as film screenings and various other events. Founded by lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker, the Walker Art Center began at its current location in 1927 and was comprised solely of a personal collection. The award-winning facility you see today was built in 1971, expanded in 2005, and now hosts more than 700,000 people each year. The center contains numerous exhibition galleries, a theater, cinema, lounges, terraces, and eating establishments. Opposite the building is the associated Sculpture Garden.

10. Nicollet

The main shopping center in downtown Minneapolis is Nicollet, formerly known as Nicollet Mall, and is a beautifully laid out precinct running along Nicollet Avenue. This mainly pedestrian zone has a large concentration of shops, restaurants, galleries, and public art displays alongside a well-manicured walkway. The central feature of the complex, over which looms the 775-foot tower of the IDS Center, is the Crystal Court piazza. From here a network of glazed skyways lead to other buildings. Further skyscrapers tower all around.