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Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Established in 1883 and housed within a Greek-columned building, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 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. Put Minneapolis Institute of Arts into our Minneapolis vacation trip planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Minneapolis.
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  • One of the best art museums I have been in. Not only did they have a lot of the paintings you know but they had period rooms decked out in whatever that period was (Tudor, Jane Austen, Charleston). Ve...  read more »
  • Enjoyed the museum on a weekday afternoon. Was able to take our time through the museum. Great variety of artists works. Free admission . 
  • Beautiful historic building with a wonderful collection and a lovely central atrium - good spot to visit when the weather isn't nice 
  • It is by far the best art museum I have ever been to. While in Minneapolis, we saw it listed as a "gem" in our CAA book and decided to pop in for a few minutes and check it out. We ended up staying for over 3 hours! The kids loved it, we loved it. Unlike other art museums, which have paintings lined up in a row along the wall, here many of the walls are covered in paintings from floor to ceiling. Almost every room is filled with awe inspiring works. We were very impressed. Plus it was free (small fee for audio tour)! I highly recommend it.
  • Free Art Museum= Great outing when there is nothing to do! That being said the special exhibits do cost money. You can easily fill your day (2-4 hrs) just looking at all the free exhibits. I couldn't believe how big it was for a free museum too. It is wonderful! Parking: I used free street parking right across the street. The streets surrounding the park should be unlimited time parking if you find a spot. The streets surrounding the building are 2 hr parking between a certain time frame. If you go down a couple blocks in any direction you should be able to find something. Bring a snack! There are places to eat. There is an outdoor area that is perfect for a picnic if you want to go that route. I'm not sure if they allow the food to be carried inside or not. Otherwise leave for a bit and go to Nicollet to eat or get coffee (Spyhouse!) and then come back since it is free. All in all there were some famous pieces for sure there worth seeing. I'm not too into art but it kept my attention for a good couple of hours until I was starving. Hope you have fun! And if you don't, well, it didn't cost you anything so don't complain.
  • It's art, it's free, you'll love it. I especially enjoy the third Thursday events. Mia also has one of the best libraries in the Twin Cities, and their librarians are wonderfully knowledgeable and helpful. Come back often!
  • Much more to see than I had time for. I went with a designer friend to see their period livingrooms which I thought were nothing special. But the rest of the collection was very nice and definetly worth the visit. I was most impressed with the description cards throughout the museum which were some of the best I have ever encountered giving excellent background on pieces you were not familiar with.
  • A world-class art museum. Many exhibits of historic value. I have always loved the period rooms that help us understand a variety of historic periods. Tremendous standing exhibits of the American West, China, Japan, and European paintings and sculptures. By far the best art museum in the Twin Cities, and one of the better ones in the U.S.
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