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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  • See all that the Twin Cities has to offer by taking the Twin Cities Highlights Tour by Award-Winning City Tours and Gray Line. Peer into the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul, and the diverse neighborhoods in between. Or try our exciting Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, our historic Stillwater Tour and St. Croix River Cruise, and our ever-popular Holiday Lights Tour. We can even design private, customized tours for groups. With educational and entertaining live narratives, our spacious motor coach tours are always engaging. No matter which city tour you choose, you'll have an unforgettable time in the Twin Cities. Our public tours pick-up at the Mall America (Transit Station - east side / lower level). Visit our website for tour dates and prices.
  • Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience is an interactive installation bringing the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse toy to real life. For the first time ever, fans of all ages will be able to literally step inside her world and discover the many rooms and living areas with Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience. In each room, guests will be delighted by surprises and interactive stations related to the room such as a cupcake island at Barbie's kitchen where guests can customize digital cupcakes or the chance to digitally try on fashions from Barbie's dream closet! The Dreamhouse (TM) also includes more than 350 Barbie dolls and other memorabilia. Having a birthday? Book a Barbie (TM) Dreamhouse (TM) Birthday Party in a private Barbie (TM) party room!
  • Host exciting and unique events at any of our entertainment centers. Our Brunswick Zone XL locations include Brooklyn Park, Blaine, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville.
  • Come check out Minnesota's largest outdoor waterpark! Bunker Beach now features six towering waterslides, a 900’ lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and as always, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool! Large open areas for sunning and relaxing are scattered throughout the water park. Concession options, changing rooms, and a metro-area location, make Bunker Beach a perfect family destination!
  • Canterbury Park Racetrack Card Club features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing and a deluxe, 24-hour card club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games.
  • One of the last free zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Located next to Como Town Amusement Park, the historic Cafesjian's Carousel, and in Como Park, the zoo and conservatory are great fun for visitors of all ages.
  • Big fun for little kids! At Como Town kids can drive cars, fly planes, fight fires, run, climb and play. Safe and wholesome family fun right next to Como Zoo.
  • CSI: The Experience(TM) gives visitors the opportunity to play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning scientific principles and real investigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-of-the-art crime labs will help visitors piece together the evidence. With input from investigators from the television show, along with their real-life forensic science counterparts, guests will formulate a hypothesis, validate their findings based on scientific evidence and try to crack the case. A video introduction by cast members from the TV show welcomes visitors into the exhibit, leads them through the experience, and then evaluates their crime solving savvy as they exit.
  • Visit Dave Buster's! Our Full Service Dining and Gaming Facility is the best in the industry! We have a complete Full Service restaurant, Bar, and Game Floor all under one roof! So come on down and experience 40,000 square feet of the most fun you can have in one place!
  • The Mall of America turned the third floor of the former Bloomingdale's department store into a permanent EMS exhibition space called EMS Exhibit Center at Mall of America. EMS Entertainment has unrolled a lineup of exhibits on pop culture, science and history. Currently the EMS Exhibit Center at Mall of America hosts three different EMS Exhibits Experiences: Barbie (TM) The Dreamhouse Experience (TM), the Star Trek (TM): The Exhibition, and the CSI:The Experience (TM). The space is 65,000 square feet and has high cathedral ceilings. Each space is perfect to host a corporate event, awards, team building or annual Gala. The space can also be rented for a partial day (4 hour minimum) or entire day. Contact Avril Joes, Group Sales Manager, to discuss catering, logistics and additional entertainment options. She will help make your corporate event a sparkling success. Please call 612-499-0464 or email avril.jones@ems-exhibitsus.com.

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