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.

Guthrie Theater

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  • Loring Park Business Association is a non-profit corporation of businesses devoted to enhancing the vitality of the Loring area by promoting area business. LBA strives to create opportunities for local business owners to play a role in the community.
  • metroConnections offers award-winning sightseeing tours for individuals and groups, with English and bilingual speaking step-on guides available.
  • Every Saturday 8am to 1pm, this market is not only a fun neighborhood and destination spot for Minnesota residents, but another way to share the many benefits of local sustainable and organically produced foods.
  • Minne International is a Japanese in-bound tour operator, offering a full-range of services including guides, interpreters, transportation, technical visits and seminars on local business and the Mall of America.
  • Minneapolis means the City of Lakes, but you'll also find a variety of inviting trails and paths, regional parks, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and more. There's so much to see and experience, from the Grand Rounds Parkways, to our enticing Chain of Lakes, plentiful parks, beautiful gardens and activity-filled Recreation Centers. Minneapolis Golf offers five 18-hole championship golf courses, one 9-hole Par 3 golf course, one 9-hole executive golf course, and three driving ranges. We also offer banquet and meeting spaces for weddings, golf tournaments, corporate outings, and other special occasions.
  • The 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen offers public tours and private charters on the Mississippi River cruising through historic Downtown Minneapolis departing from Boom Island Park.
  • Just across the street from the Walker Art Center is the first major urban sculpture park in the United States - the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities icon, the found-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. During the summer, spend the afternoon hitting the greens at the artist-designed mini-golf course.
  • Discover the whens, whys and hows of our above average state through the Minnesota Historical Society's award-winning 27 museums, sites and trails.
  • Journey back in time to an 16th Century European village at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, located in Shakopee. The 2013 Festival will commence Weekends August 17 through September 29, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 27. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. King Henry and his court invite one and all to experience the magic of our Realm with 16 stages of live entertainment and live armored jousting! Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets and enjoy 7 themed weekends, food and fun for the whole family, and much more The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169. Free parking is provided and discount tickets are available online. For more information visit www.renaissancefest.com.
  • The Minnesota State Capitol is located in Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul, and houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Governor.

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