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World-class museums. Breathtaking architecture. More theater seats per capita than any U.S. city outside New York. Minneapolis has become a premier destination for arts lovers.

Take in a show at the Guthrie Theater, one of the city's Tony Award-winning theaters. Discover new worlds at the The Science Museum of Minnesota. Take in the arias of Rossini at the Minnesota Opera. Or visit the Walker Art Center, hailed by Newsweek as "possibly the best contemporary art museum in the country."

Minneapolis is your ticket to groundbreaking art, architecture and performing arts.

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  • Considered America's most exciting opera company, Minnesota Opera is internationally renowned for staging world-class operas, particularly new works. To create five spectacular operas each season, the company brings together artists from across the globe, as well as 200 local artists and craftspeople. Performances are held September through April at Ordway in Saint Paul.
  • Leading classical and pop music stars perform year-round at the acoustically-perfect Orchestra Hall, home of the Minnesota Orchestra.
  • Journey back in time to a 16th-century village with the Renaissance Festival. This Minnesota tradition features entertainment, artisans, food, history and more!
  • Completed in 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol is used by the Minnesota Governor, Supreme Court, Senate and House of Representatives. Designed by Cass Gilbert, who was known for his classical style and pioneering skyscrapers, the Capitol features the second-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world, works by important 19th and 20th century artists and battle flags from the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. While currently undergoing a three-year renovation, the Capitol remains open to visitors for daily tours. The Minnesota State Capitol is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • This annual exposition is Minnesota's best-attended event. Plus, fairground buildings are available for off-season rental. They can handle large-audience events that others cannot.
  • 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.
  • Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and the newly developed New Century Theatres, is a non-profit organization devoted to enriching the vibrant cultural atmosphere of the Twin Cities.
  • Step into a reconstructed fur post from the winter of 1804. Meet a French Voyageur, a British fur trade clerk and visit an Ojibwe encampment. The visitor center houses an expansive exhibit gallery with a 24-foot birch canoe, a 30-foor tall stone fireplace and a gift shop. The Snake River heritage trails are open year round for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. The North West Company Fur Post is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Oktoberfest Minneapolis celebrates its first year as it commemorates this world-famous German harvest-festival tradition. This is a free weekend festival, September 12th-14th.
  • Step onto a working 1860s farm established by Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. At the farm, the whole family can meet farm animals and participate in a wide variety of activities that follow the farming cycle and change with the season. Interact with costumed farmhands as they work in the house, barn, kitchen, garden and fields. Nature trails wind along the Mississippi River and through woodlands and restored prairie. The Oliver H. Kelley Farm is a National Historic Landmark and is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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