This is the largest - and my favorite - of our local art museums because it's also the most diverse. Collections include everything from paintings to textiles, ancient to modern, Asian to African and, except for special exhibits, it doesn't cost a dime! Free public tours are available as are $5 audio guide rentals. The museum store and bookshop are a fun browse and great for picking up a memento of your visit. Cold, wet or broiling outside? This is where you go!
There are three on-site cafes for filling empty stomachs and resting tired feet, and the Institute is only a couple blocks over from the many ethnic restaurants on the section of Nicollet Ave S. known as Eat Street (see my tip for Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar).
See the website for hours, special exhibits, parking and whatnot:
Unless you're a big walker, you'll need to take a bus from downtown if you don't have a car. Metro Transit route #11 has stops on Nicollet Mall - near downtown hotels - and the museum (3rd Ave S and Franklin stop. ) The most current schedule and map of the route can be found here:
Other important local art centers are:
Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden
Weisman Art Museum (in a stainless steel, Frank Gehry-designed building)
Every Sunday is Ford Free Sunday...the museum is ALWAYS free but on these particular days...there are additional freebies and extra things for children to see and do. Most of the family activities are held on Sundays and there is a HUGE family room complete with toys and vending machines for taking a break. There is also a quaint cafe and a gift store filled with unique art objects.
Just beware of the "men in black" who are lurking about making sure nobody touches anything or takes any pictures.
This a great art museum, it has a wide variety of styles and cultures. Its great because its hard to get bored, every room has something new or progresses in some way so your not stuck in a time period or style. They also have the largest collection of Chinese art outside of China, the collection is just amazing. They also have these great Japanese tea houses. But they also have classic Greek and Roman art, Duch. master pieces, Picassos, Montes and Van Goghs. So its worth a stop in you are in town.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is looking good these days, with its "Target Wing" (courtesy of the "red dot" people) and a recent "re-hang" of its collection that showcases some very remarkable pieces of art. On a recent visit here, I just concentrated on a few of "the greatest hits," like the beautiful Rembrandt "Lucretia." I also looked at the interesting design collection, with some nice Viennese chairs, art nouveau posters, and a shapely automobile from depression-era Czechoslovakia.
Frankly, I don't much care for the architecture of the new Target Wing. Michael Graves' work isn't that interesting any more; his brand of ironic neo-classicism is "safe" and traditional these days. The exterior of the addition is rather bland and bulky. But it's great that the Institute has more workable space for special exhibitions, and for showing off the width and breadth of its holdings.
A really good collection, one of the best in the US. In particular, 19th century (European and American), and Asian and superb. You can easily spend several hours there. Also the building itself is interesting.
No, that doesn't stand for Missing In Action. That's the acronym for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The institute dates all the way back to 1883 and has been in its current location since 1915.
The general admission is free although you might have to pay to see certain exhibits. The permanent collection is awesome including items from all over the world in mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and textiles.
Go see the MInneapolis Institue of Arts. It is free, but they'd appreciate a donation. Mostly traditional art here. They do have their sections of ancient, primitive stuff and some modern, abstract. But, you could spend most of the day there anad not get to that.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This is my favorite local museum. MIA houses over 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history. The museum is free (they ask for donations)! There is a small entrance fee for the special traveling collections.