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Best things to do in Minneapolis

Art Museum
“Multidisciplinary contemporary art center that is a staple in Minneapolis. (Famous for the cherry and spoon) Enjoy the sculptures, painting, and other various art galleries. Exhibits change often, so there's always something new to take in. Free Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month, but it's easily with the price of admission.”
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Art Museum
“The world famous MIA has an amazing collection and is a must see for art novices and enthusiasts alike. A nice walk or short Uber away.”
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History Museum
“Super fun, informative, interesting building and great views of the Mississippi/ St Anthony Falls; there is an indoor farmers market here in the winter!”
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Museum
“Minnesota has always had a large population of Scandinavians, so it’s only right to learn about the culture and eat the food, both of which you can do at the 1908 Turnblad mansion: an enormous, French Chateau-esque structure once home to Swedish immigrants. Inside its walls resides The American Swedish Institute, a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Sweden and the Swedish-American population. With a large display of art, an extensive library collection and seasonal exhibits, this Minnesota and National Register of Historic Places landmark is full of artifacts and information highlighting contemporary and historical Swedish culture. New exhibits like Amp Up! The Hagstrom Guitar Sensation and Swedes Rock! delve into Sweden’s musical history while past exhibits have had scientific and holiday themes. Stop by the museum store for unique trinkets or dine in FIKA, the onsite cafe, offering award-winning Nordic-inspired cuisine.”
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Art Museum
“The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is an art museum located on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. A teaching museum for the university since 1934, the museum is named for Frederick R. Weisman, and was designed by Frank Gehry.”
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Art Museum
“ The only major institution in North America devoted to Russian art and culture through all Russian history.”
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Museum
“Classic Art Deco building, the tallest building in Minneapolis for over 60 years. Only good observation deck in the city.”
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Museum
“Fun for older kids (5 and up?). Cap off a walk or bike ride with the museum! One to two hours is plenty to fully take in the museum. ”
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Cafe
“Best coffee in town. Great food too. It's on the main level of one of the artists buildings in the area so there is lots of cool art displayed and in the corner there is often an artist working on something and you can watch.”
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Museum
“Changes are coming for the Bell Museum, which plans to move into a new building at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus as soon as funding is secured. In the meantime, there's a lot to like about the current space, which has a very old-school feel. Filled with creepy yet awesome taxidermy, exhibits about the environment, and neato dioramas created by Minnesota artist Francis Lee Jaques, the museum provides a much more intimate experience in some ways than going to the Science Museum. And if you're interested in stars, the Exploradome (the product of a merger with the Bell and the Planetarium Society), offers shows every day.”
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Library
“The local library. Just remodeled and a good place to work/study. Great fast wifi.”
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Library
“LARGE HUGE LIBRARY> A place to just get lost in a corner of this 4 story place on a couch somewhere, and get peace and quiet. Relaxation. A coffee shop is on site on ground level. This is a state of the art Library.”
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Art Gallery
“A hotspot for galleries and studios, within walking distance from excellent cafes and restaurants.”
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Art Gallery
“Check the website soapfactory.org to see what's going on in this Victorian warehouse turned art laboratory for emergent art. They may be closed for renovation, so do check.”
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Art Gallery
“Fantastic gallery with reliably great shows. You can also see owner Nicholas Harper's art on display at Northeast Social, the restaurant just down the block from the gallery. Worth a visit to check out some of the best the NE Mpls Arts District has to offer.”
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Park
“"Nestled along the shores of Silver Lake, and with a focus on arts and the environment, Silverwood Park is unique in the metro area. Stop in the coffee shop, bring an instrument and share your musical talents, or simply set up your easel in the park to paint. Artists are welcome here. Trails offering spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak forests circle the park and provide inspiration to all. The visitor center bustles with activity on a daily basis. Other park amenities include an art gallery, education facilities, event rental space, a café/coffee shop, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor performance space and more."”
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