In Minneapolis, we like to learn.

Granted, that simplistic sentence isn't the most eloquent or verbose, but it gets the point across that the people of Minneapolis enjoy the intellectual hotspots that makes us one of the Top Five Smartest Cities in the Nation.

Here is a list of the "must-see" museums in Minneapolis (and since we know you'll want to see them all, we even included some cool places to stay overnight):

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    The story of a mighty river, a young city and how one product - flour - fueled the growth of Minneapolis. Mill City Museum's 12,000 square feet of exhibit space is packed with fun for visitors of all ages.
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    Home to over 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts inspires wonder, spurs creativity, and nourishes the imagination. With extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country - Rembrandt to van Gogh, Monet to Matisse, Asian to African - the MIA links the past to the present, enables global conversations, and offers an exceptional setting for inspiration. General admission to the MIA is always free. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3000 or visit
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    At the Science Museum of Minnesota, the science that shapes our daily lives comes to life through hands-on exhibits, larger-than-life Omnitheater films, and a world-class collection of fossils and artifacts. For more information, visit or call (651)221-9444.
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    Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. Open Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5pm and open until 9pm on Thursdays. Free for children 18 and under, Walker members, and on Thursday nights (5-9pm) and the first Saturday of every month (10am-5pm). $12 Adults; $10 Seniors (65+); $8 Students with ID
  • The American Swedish Institute is a historic museum in Minneapolis founded in 1929 that offers a variety of programs designed to celebrate Swedish heritage and contemporary Nordic arts and culture.
  • MN African American Museum educates and ensures that future generations will have the knowledge, skills and information needed to compete and succeed for many years to come.
  • Minnesota Children's Museum is where kids ages six months to 10 years can touch, climb, splash and explore their way through seven galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures.
  • Discover the whens, whys and hows of our above average state through the Minnesota Historical Society's award-winning 27 museums, sites and trails.
  • Enjoy rides on vintage trains, visit one of Minnesota's oldest working roundhouses, take a ride on a classic bus or visit one of the depots at the Minnesota Transportation Museum.
  • Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has the finest collection of antique radio, television and broadcast equipment in the world, with international recognition for its continuing efforts in preserving and documenting the history of the industry.


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