Minneapolis has a lot going on, and it even has a twin city, St. Paul, right next door. There is so much to offer in terms of arts, culture, great food, and great hotels in Minneapolis. Everyone should visit, so hopefully this guide inspires you to plan a trip to the Twin Cities.
Take In the Sights of City Hall
This wonderful old building is a Minneapolis icon, with its green roof and stately architecture. It’s a fine example of early 20th-century architecture, and it was once one of the highest buildings in the city. The most interesting part has to be the marble ceiling, which is incredibly beautiful. Minneapolis City Hall is a great place to explore or simply admire from the outside.
Shop at the Nicollet Mall
There is something here for everyone, even if you don’t like shopping. Admire the architecture, and then shop, eat, and shop some more at the Nicollet Mall.
Visit the Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is a stunning example of modern architecture in Minneapolis. It boasts distinctive, blocky buildings and a wide, green sculpture garden, which together make the museum a unique and interesting place to visit. I especially like the large bent spoon sculpture that has a cherry on the tip. This amazing sculpture is huge, and it’s delicately positioned over a pond.
In addition, the Walker Art Center is the best art venue in the entire city. It plays host to a number of contemporary art exhibits from around the world. They are constantly changing, so there is sure to be something of interest no matter when you visit.
Visit the American Swedish Institute
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image via Wikimedia by Jerry.
Minneapolis has a rich Scandinavian heritage, thanks to the numerous Swedish immigrants who moved here many years ago. At the American Swedish Institute, you can learn about the roots of the city and the role that Swedish migration played in the early history of North America. This is a wonderful place to admire architecture, and the highlight has to be the huge turret at the front of the Swan Turnblad Mansion.
Take In the History at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
This wonderful museum is home to a vast collection of art from many corners of the globe. Some pieces in the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection date back as far as 5,000 years! There is art for all kinds of art lovers here, with beautiful paintings from Rembrandt, as well as sculptures, photography, and much more. My favourite piece is the 3,000-year-old Jade Olmec mask, which is thought to be a portrait of an ancient Mesoamerican leader. This is fascinating craftsmanship for such an old civilisation.
As you can see, Minneapolis is a beautiful city with a lot to offer to travellers who take the plunge and get out there. I really hope you enjoyed reading about Minneapolis as much as I enjoyed documenting some of my favourite things to do in the Twin Cities. Enjoy and safe travels!