The Weisman Art Museum
The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is located at the University of Minnesota. It is one of the major landmarks on campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The building presents two faces, depending on which side it is viewed from. A teaching museum for the university since 1934, it is named for Frederick R. Weisman, and was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. Often called a “modern art museum,” its more than 20,000 images has large collections of Mardsen Hartley, Alfred Maurer, Charles Biederman, Native American pottery and Korean furniture.
Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is located on the fringes of downtown Minneapolis and stands as a remarkable building enjoyed by any passersby. Originally a privately owned collection of artwork, the Walker has become an 11-acre venue for art and theatre as well. The art center was originally designed by architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and expanded by Herzog and deMeuron. Adjacent to the Walker is the famous Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture garden in the country and home to the renowned Spoonbridge and Cherry artwork.
Minnehaha Falls in Minnehaha Park
Minnehaha Falls, the central feature of this city park, was a favorite subject of pioneer photographers, beginning with Alexander Hesler’s daguerreotype in 1852. And although he never visited the park, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow helped to spread the waterfall’s fame when he wrote his celebrated poem, The Song of Hiawatha. With its easily accessible location, more than 850,000 people visit Minnehaha Falls each year, and it continues to be the most photographed site in Minnesota.
People love to say nice things about Minneapolis. Here are just a few of the accolades and rankings this city has received in the past year: 2nd Fittest American City in 2016, 5th Best City to Start a Career, World’s 6th Best City for Cycling, 19th Best Places for Minority-Owned Businesses, America’s Most Literate City
There’s nothing people in Minneapolis love better than their pro sports teams. Beginning in 2016, the Minnesota Vikings began playing football in their brand new, state-of-the-art US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also downtown, playing basketball at the Target Center from November through April. Don’t leave your seat, because that’s the same venue where the women’s pro team, the Minnesota Lynx, compete. And when summer rolls around, you’ll find the Minnesota Twins playing their season at Target Field, “the #1 Baseball Stadium Experience in North America,” according to ESPN.
Bet you didn’t know these interesting tidbits about Minneapolis:
- When winter hits, city dwellers walk along the Minneapolis Skyway, the largest continuous skyway in the world. It spans 69 downtown blocks
- The Honeycrisp apple was invented at the University of Minnesota.
- The city name name comes from the Sioux word mini and the Greek word polis, together meaning “city of waters.”
- The city used to be proudly known as “The Flour Capital of the World.”
Named for founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the downtown theater is one of the nation’s most renowned and one of the city’s most beloved treasures. Opening in 1963 with a production of “Hamlet,” the Guthrie Theater’s repertory company has made a name for itself with its highly praised balance of classical theater and avant-garde productions. Aside from its three individual stages, the theater also boasts a full-service restaurant, two casual eateries, a cocktail lounge and some of the best views of Minneapolis from the banks of the Mississippi River.