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Discover Minnesota’s Cultural Art Scene

Experience Minnesota’s thriving art community and see how theater troupes and art centers abound to bring the arts to smaller communities, including The Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais and Rochester Arts Center.

Make it a point to stop and see the Foshay Museum for a truly unique architectural masterpiece. Learn all about the Foshay Tower and how it once was Minnesota’s tallest building. It has an observation deck on the 31st floor for jaw-dropping views of the area.

Plan to visit the Lake Superior Marine Museum in Duluth right at the foot of Duluth's famed Aerial Lift Bridge, which raises to let ships to pass through. Discover why the man-made locks played such an important role in early US transportation. The museum is located at a busy port so watch some boat arrivals and departures at the docks while you’re there.

Peek into the past at the Iron Range Depot Museum facing Agate Bay and Lake Superior. Get a fascinating inside view of digging sites and the iron shipments from Minnesota.

Arrowhead Center for the Arts

Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, the Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates the creative and artistic culture of Minnesota. All year long, the center throws special theater and musical events presented by the North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais Playhouse, and Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Center also offers workshops specializing in art, writing, theater, folk crafts, culinary arts, and music, alongside a beautiful boreal forest scenery. The center was opened in 1998, and has served the North Shore and Arrowhead regions ever since.

Rochester Art Center

Originally housed in a small room at the Rochester public Library, the Rochester Art Center has grown into a 36,000 square foot facility housing some of Minnesota's best contemporary art. In fact, visitors frequently travel from nearby towns of Red Wing, Albert Lea, and even the Twin Cities for a tour of the art center.

The art center itself is found on the first floor of the impressive three-story building – connecting the Mayo Clinic Grand Lobby and Wells Fargo Atrium with one another. Apart from the constant rotation of excellent exhibits, the RAC hosts special events, the Total Arts Day Camp, RAC classes and workshops, and so much more.