Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis

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Established in 1883 and housed within a Greek-columned building, Minneapolis Institute of Art displays more than 80,000 examples of art in a variety of forms. The museum's grounds span 3.2 hectares (8 acres). You can admire art from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Americas, and more, as well as special collections within each section, all covering more than 5,000 years of work. Although admission is free, special exhibits may charge an entry fee. To visit Minneapolis Institute of Art on your trip to Minneapolis, use our Minneapolis online holiday planner .
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  • As an adult and history lover, this place is amazing! A (mostly) free museum with old and new world beauty. I went recently with a friend and my 2 year old daughter. My friend and I loved it. We could...  more »
  • we had no idea how rich and extensive this museums collection is. We're in our 50's, no kids, and loved our time here  more »
  • First of all...this museum is FREE!!! This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in freezing cold Minneapolis. The art work housed here is top notch and worth seeing.  more »
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  • A museum to grow up with. This center of art and culture in Minneapolis is open to the public by donation, and they provide people off all agreed with access to art and history. From ancient Chinese ceramics to Prairie style architecture, MIA has a wide variety of exhibits so you are sure to find something you like. Their third floor is dedicated to classic western art and you will find masters like Monet and O'Keeffe hanging on their walls. Their special exhibits change 2-4 times per year, offering new exhibits to keep your visits fresh. Some of these exhibits have a ticket price associated with the procurement of the collection, but it is generally reasonable. MIA offers a wife selection here too that keeps people returning to the museum time and time again. I have seen collections of clothing and art from European nobility one month and Japanese pop art the next. Parents, it is worth checking if they have any children's exhibits at the time if your visit.
  • I LOVE this place. The art is absolutely amazing. They have so many floors with so many types of art, no matter how many times I have visited, I will never see it all! Visiting this place is not as expensive as you might think, they are donation only (they do have suggested prices and it is good to follow them if you can, but if you can't quite make the prices they ask, you can still get in). On top of this, they have new exhibitions yearly, it's always enjoyable and always exciting to see the art!
  • A fine institution. Free to the public with sponsored events that you must pay to get into. There is a helpful staff there that is happy to assist you. Near the busline and a nice park. Lots of sidewalk. Cool if you are into art, history and culture. You will not regret it
  • Just an incredible place, more so when you consider it is free. It's just absolutely huge and you can easily spend a day there looking at all of the galleries. It's kept up well, clean and impressive. Please consider donating if you go, places like this are so important for our culture.
  • Such a great place, filled to bursting with interesting pieces and fun stuff. Hours worth of material to see, and they've always got an exhibit on rotation that (though it isn't always free like the rest of the museum) is extra fun, special stuff that they get on loan from other museums or donors. Very fun, absolutely worth checking out!

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