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Think arts and heritage and think Minnesota. From performing art centers and historic buildings, to cultural gatherings and exhibits, you’ll get your fill of history, science, and the arts.
Catch live talent at the many theatres and art venues that the Twin Cities have to offer. Get tickets to the Ames Center for a symphony orchestra, a dramatic theatrical production, or a ballet spectacle. Every seat offers an amazing view of the stage. Look out from behind the two-story glass foyer fronting Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley, and the Minneapolis Skyline. While you’re there, make your way to the art gallery for a peek at the unique exhibits.
The art and theatre aficionados have to make the Guthrie Center part of their trip. Home to various productions as well as serving as a training center for the arts, the Guthrie has an iconic status in the Upper Midwest. Here is where you can soak up culture, music, and spirituality.
Head to the Science Museum of Minnesota and indulge in 370,000 square feet of exhibits. Catch a movie at the Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater where you can enjoy a movie on the giant 90-foot screen. See the Egyptian mummy that has been in the museum for over 90 years. Look closely at the bones of ancient creatures, including of the Triceratops dinosaur. Learn about the ceremonial clothing, daily living items, and overall history of the Ojibwe tribe to feed your curiosity about these indigenous people.
Right next to the museum are 10 acres of outdoor exhibits overlooking the Mississippi River. Check out the Charles E. Towboat. Grab the controls and enjoy the view from a real river towboat. From travel exhibits to permanent collections, there is no shortage of exhibits for you to explore.
Experience Minnesota’s thriving art community. See how theatre troupes and art centers like the Arrowhead Center for the Arts, in Grand Marais, and Rochester Arts Center bring their talents to smaller communities.
Make sure you carve out time to see the Foshay Museum for what is truly a classic architectural masterpiece. The Foshay was Minnesota’s first skyscraper and, lucky for you, there’s an observation deck on the 31st floor for you to take in dramatic views of the area.
Visit the Lake Superior Marine Museum at the foot of Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge, which raises to let ships pass through. Learn all about the man-made canals to maximize the shipping potential of the waterways during early American transportation. Since it’s at a busy port, there will be plenty of boat arrivals and departures for you to observe while you’re there.
History buffs should make it a point to stop at the Iron Range Depot Museum, facing Agate Bay and Lake Superior. Here is where you’ll get a fascinating view of digging sites and iron shipments from Minnesota.
To observe stunning architecture further, study the four golden horse statues of the Minnesota State Capital building; representing earth, wind, fire, and water; as well as the Cathedral of St. Paul.
For a cultural paradise with a down-to-earth Midwestern feel, a trip to Minnesota is a no-brainer.