Attractions in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This free museum, close to the downtown area, features over 80,000 sculptures, paintings, prints and photographs. Permanent exhibits are on display daily as well as a wide variety of ever changing feature exhibits will make this museum feel fresh and new every time you visit. Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, Payne and Morisot are just a few of the artists works that hang here. Some pieces date back over 4,000 years, giving visitors a glimpse into the past. Native American, African and Asian exhibits are some of the most popular galleries in the museum and showcase some truly magnificent pieces of work. A coffee shop and restaurant are located onsite, so you can grab a bite or a latte while you wonder around, absorbing the artistic splendor.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Unique sculptures and beautiful landscaped surroundings abound in this well known garden. Peacefully stroll through the grounds while taking in some of the iconic sculptures such as the famous giant spoon and cherry, glass fish or the horse statue. Children can run ahead, using up some of there endless energy, while the adults take time reading the plaques about the artist and their work. A gorgeous arbor is located near the back of the grounds where blooming flowers form a cascading canopy of color and make a wonderful photo opportunity.

American Swedish Institute
Built in 1908 by Swan J. Turnblad, this castle features exhibits and displays about the Swedish and Nordic culture and history. This museum house offers programs for all ages year round. Antiques and artwork are found throughout the mansion that has been so lovingly preserved. Christmastime is especially interesting with the decor reflecting Scandinavia's rich culture. Permanent displays are showcased as well as traveling exhibits and special guests are presented several times each year.

The Hitching Company
Take a memorable and relaxing horse drawn carriage ride around the city while a knowledgeable guide points out unique buildings, shares funny tales and historical areas. The one hour tour offers a different way to view the city. Each carriage is designed to transport up to four people which make the rides perfect for families but often couples take advantage of the private tours, turning them into a romantic evening well spent. Reservations are encouraged as spots fill up quickly.