What are the best things to see and do in Minneapolis?

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Minneapolis is an architecture hotspot, with unique buildings that dot the city. There are a few gleaming trophies that are as enjoyable on the inside as they are on the outside, such as the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Walker Art Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum, the magnificent Guthrie Theater that overlooks the dancing Mississippi River and the downtown library whose glass walls offer a big-screen view of the thriving city streets. Throw the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a Twins game at Target Field into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect list of Minneapolis activities. Here’s the breakdown:

1. Big dramas like A Streetcar Named Desire shine at the Guthrie Theater, but the building itself is no secondary character. Sitting on the Mississippi, it offers a beautiful view of the city and has one of the largest cantilevers in the world.

2. Art aficionados will want to spend the afternoon perusing the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection of fine art. To see some local talent, stop by the new wing that’s dedicated to Minnesota artists and contemporary work.

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame to see the Minnesota Twins swing into action. Target Field, a new LEED-certified ballpark in the Warehouse District, is the Twins’ home base.

4. The innovative contemporary art museum named Walker Art Center is called the "Pompidou of the United States." See works by noted artists here, such as Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell; then walk across the street to see more art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Alex Skjong

While they are plenty of great sites and events to experience when visiting Minneapolis, one of my favorites has to be the Weisman Art Museum. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum is a stainless steel work of art itself and is as visually striking as any of the installations you'll see inside. The spot is a teaching musuem of the University of Minnesota, but don't assume that means the works will be of amateur quality. You'll see works from artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Mardsen Hartley as well as ceramics and some very interesting contemporary art. 

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