Architecture In the City

In Minneapolis, walls aren’t just walls. We like to bend them, shape them, and sometimes even mix and match what we make them out of. History blends with innovation, so come check out some of the most unique structures in the nation.

Morning
Take in breakfast at Key’s in the historic Foshay Tower, which was once the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi and is now the W Hotel. Next, stroll down to the Minneapolis Central Library. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the facility is composed primarily of transparent and translucent glass, with Minnesota-themed accents. While you’re there, take a free tour. If you’re more in to more historical architecture, hit up the Wells Fargo Center: also designed by Cesar Pelli, the building opened its doors in 1989 (over 20 years ago)! Inside, you’ll find the Wells Fargo History Museum where you can learn about the bank’s history (chock full of intrigue, wild west robberies, etc).

Afternoon
Head down to the Walker Art Center. A 2005 addition to the museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron doubled the size of the complex. After you’re through there, take in a little sculpture just a few steps away (and for free) at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Evening
Take in a show at the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater—filling an amazing structure (The New York Times calls it a “21st century dream factory”). Designed by Jean Nouvel, the building has three separate theater stages, numerous bars, a restaurant and an “endless bridge” that offers spectacular river views. When you're done, have a bite at the ever-organic Spoonriver restaurant.

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    Perfect for Celebrations, Family Outings, Retreats, Bachelor/ette Parties, Fitness, Corporate Outings and Simple Get Away Breaks. ATFS offers spectacular Mississippi River group kayaking tours out of our downtown Minneapolis location! Ever have that Mark Twain dream of spending time on the Mississippi? Well, now's your chance to explore the River at its most majestic. Check out our 2.5 hr, 1/2 day, full day tours!
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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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    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of five Minnesota park agencies and one of approximately 130 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The MPRB is a diverse system of land and water spanning 6,790 acres of parkland and water featuring 251 park properties including the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, 200+ miles of biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 47 recreation centers. Together these properties annually receive approximately 21 million visits.
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    The Minneapolis Queen is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Queen also makes the perfect venue for private events such as weddings, meetings, private parties and group tours. The 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen offers public tours and private charters on the Mississippi River cruising through historic Downtown Minneapolis. We are conveniently located at Bohemian Flats just south of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District.
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    An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits. The Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special event throughout the year. The building is also home to the Gale Family Library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics. The Minnesota History Center's distinctive architecture adds a unique ambiance for events from 50-1,500 guests. Constructed of Minnesota granite and limestone with marble accents, the History Center's spaces offer classic flair with grand vistas of the State Capitol, Cathedral of Saint Paul and the downtown Saint Paul skyline. The Minnesota History Center is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
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    With more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound to have a wild time at the Minnesota Zoo.
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    Nice Ride is a bike sharing program dedicated to building community around a convenient easy-to-use transportation option that gives residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town.
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    Experience a Segway on a Magical History Tour of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront! Our three-hour guided tour features stops at St. Anthony Main, Father Hennepin Park, Pillsbury A Mill, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park, Guthrie Theatre, Mill City Museum, West River Parkway, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and Nicollet Boom Islands. Private tours are available upon request for groups of 12 or more, or rent 2-70 Segways for corporate events, parties, and conventions.
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