Unleash Your Inner Artist in Downtown Minneapolis


Rich with artistic opportunities and attractions, Minneapolis is the place to immerse yourself in culture. Whether you like to sketch in galleries, indulge in photography, or watch live theatre, this city has something for you. Fly into the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport and catch a taxi downtown, the cultural hub of the Twin Cities.

Sit Back and Enjoy the Show

With so many performing arts venues in downtown Minneapolis, there’s a show every night. One of the most respected theatres in the state, the impressive Guthrie Theatre features three stages, a restaurant, several bars, and stunning views of the city. Buy tickets online to get the best possible seats to one of the theatre’s plays, musicals, or Shakespeare productions.

While the MacPhail Center for Music is mostly an education facility, the center frequently hosts concerts and performances by its students.

The ornate State Theatre is a significant Minneapolis landmark. Built in 1921, the original painted murals and chandeliers remain, and the theatre hosts Broadway productions and movie viewings.

Want easy walking distance to these venues? Stay at the modern and chic Aloft Minneapolis. This aesthetically pleasing hotel in the trendy waterfront Mill district offers an indoor pool, a lounge, and spacious rooms with walk-in showers.

Stop and Stare

Stop and Stare

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The many art galleries in downtown Minneapolis help keep the city’s vibrant arts culture alive. Don’t miss the exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Featuring sculpture, ancient works, and contemporary art, be prepared to stay awhile. With free admission, museum guests have extra cash to buy handcrafted souvenirs from the gift shop.

The Walker Art Center, next to the Guthrie Theatre, not only features traditional works of art, but also performance and film art. Saving your pennies? Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month and every Tuesday night.

If you prefer to get your hands dirty, sign up for a workshop or class at the MacRostie Art Center. This nonprofit art center also features an extensive selection of local art, both on display and for sale.

Shoot the View

stone arch bridge

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You definitely don’t want to forget your camera at home when visiting Minneapolis. With modern buildings and historic architecture nestled together along the sparkling Mississippi River, there are ample opportunities to satisfy shutterbugs of all skill levels.

Walk to the waterfront for shots of the Stone Arch Bridge. Head to the Mill City Museum for a more industrial photography subject and take the elevator to the ninth floor observatory for views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. You might need an extra SD card to capture all the beauty of this city.

If you’re looking for a hotel that also doubles as a photography subject, book a room at the Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. A former train depot, this hotel offers families a seasonal water park and skating rink.

While the summer is most pleasant for walking around downtown, the galleries and theatres offer a cozy escape from the harsher winter weather.

Author Bio:

A former journalist, Tammy Banfield is a freelance travel writer who loves scouring the web for the best travel experiences. Tammy has written about more than 2,000 hotels and has traveled extensively throughout Canada and the United States. She is currently working on the Hipmunk City Love Project.

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