Visit These Neighborhoods to See Our Favorite Doors Open Locations
For the first time ever get behind-the-scenes access to over 100 iconic Minneapolis buildings and businesses. On May 16-17, 2020 from 10am - 5pm take a sneak peek inside the places that make-up the city of Minneapolis.
Doors Open Minneapolis is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give you a FREE behind-the-scenes look at 115 exciting venues. Caretakers at these sites will be providing unique experiences that illustrate why these venues, and the people and businesses that work in them, are such marvels. You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up at your choice of venues and enjoy the experience. This is a unique opportunity to tour the city in way you’ve never seen it before.
If you've only got time to see a few places this weekend, we've put together a list of must-hit spots you'll want to check out.
Get your start at the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center where you can pick up an official program guide, buy a Doors Open Minneapolis official t-shirt and get all your questions answered by a Doors Open representative.
West Broadway/North Minneapolis
New Rules Benefit Corp: Experience live demos, craft cocktails and food, art installations, and shop local products at this innovative workspace for creative professionals.
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center: Built in 2002, this nature center will have on hand live-education animals for you to meet as well guided park tours and an exhibit to learn about the building's history.
Homewood Studios Gallery: Meet and see the studios of eight North Minneapolis, in this historic 1920s building. Studio garden tours will be available and see some new work by local graffiti artist Peyton Russell.
For more things to do around this area, check out our West Broadway guide.
Izzy's Ice Cream: Indulge in some sweet samples at this local ice cream shop as you learn about their story – where ingredients come from and how ice cream is made!
Minneapolis Convention Center: A place where relationships are formed, the 1.6 million-square foot hosts over 300 events and 1 million guests each year. Experience how they turn a ballroom into a showroom, bring events to the next level and make an impact on the local community.
Target Field: Home of the Minnesota Twins, you won’t want to miss this guided tour through the stadium’s sustainable features, artwork and Minnesota Twins history! Arrive at Gate 29 to begin your adventure.
430 Oak Grove: Now luxury apartments, 430 Oak Grove was once home to Prince’s recording studio. Built by Kraus-Anderson in the 1920s and still maintaining its vintage charm, the award-winning building now features a tribute exploring its connection to the Minneapolis-born musician. A must-see for Prince fans and lovers of architecture!
Bellisio Foods: Find out what happens between the farm and grocery store at this state-of-the-art food laboratory, situated in the heart of downtown!
*Downtown is full of locations you should see! It was hard narrowing it down to just five, so here are some "honorable mentions":
See what else is happening around Downtown in our neighborhood guides.
Pillsbury A. Mill: Visit this National Historic Landmark and witness the largest direct-drive waterpower system in the city. Look down a 50-foot drop shaft through a glass floor as Mill City Museum guides tell the tale of the old mill.
St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam: Take a closer look at St. Anthony Falls and experience walking around the highest lock on the Upper Mississippi River!
Police K9 Kennel: See the Canine (K9) unit in action! Take a peek at the training grounds and even meet some of the dogs. You'll see demonstrations and learn how the Canine Unit works to keep us safe.
A-Mill Artists Lofts: Purchase original artwork and connect with local artists at the A-Mill Artist Lofts. Once the Pillsbury Flour Mill, this historic building was renovated to provide space for working artists. It's located right next to the Stone Arch Bridge and Mississippi River, so you're sure to see some great views of the city!
Food Building: Go behind the scenes at this former horse vet clinic turned local food building! See how Red Table Meat Co., Baker's Field Flour, and Bread and Alemar Cheese make their products.
Discover more of what Northeast has to offer in our neighborhood guide.
Midtown Global Market: Home to more than 45 independent restaurants and shops representing 22 countries, Midtown Global Market welcomes visitors to be immersed in a global experience with a short history presentation and self-guided tour featuring global cuisines, cultural music and dance, arts, and a family-friendly craft table.
Minneapolis Rowing Club: This architectural award-winning boathouse will give adventurous visitors the chance to experience rowing in the club's training barge on the Mississippi River.
Bakken Museum: Built in 1928, on nearly three acres of land, the Bakken Museum invites you to participate in a garden tour, featuring yellow lady slippers in their prime.
Children's Theatre Company: For over 50 years, Children's Theatre Company has created theater experiences that educate and inspire young people and their communities. See what happens behind the stage at this exclusive sneak peak into one of Minneapolis' most beloved theater companies.
Learn about what else there is to do in South Minneapolis.
West Bank/Cedar Riverside
Mixed Blood Theater: Formerly an old firehouse, Mixed Blood Theater brings to light injustices, inequities and cultural differences. Get a sneak peek at what really happens behind the scenes of the rehearsal hall, administrative spaces, dressing rooms, and more.
Islamic Civic Society of America: The first Somali mosque in Minnesota, the Islamic Civic Society of America provides education and religious guidance to Somali worshipers.
Minneapolis American Indian Center: One of the oldest American Indian Centers in the country, take the opportunity to see the Two Rivers Art Gallery, the Gatherings Café, participate in Ojibwa language activities and learn more the center's upcoming renovations and expansion plans.
See what else there is to do in the West Bank/Cedar Riverside area.
University of Minnesota Campus/East Bank
Prospect Park Water Tower & Tower Hill Park: Try a new view on for size! Experience the incredible panoramic view of Minneapolis and neighboring St. Paul from the top of the iconic Prospect Park Water Tower. Often referred to as the “Witch’s Hat Tower” and thought by some to be the subject of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower", the historic monument is typically closed to the public all year round.
Weisman Museum: Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Frank O. Gehry, this beautiful museum lives along the East back of the Mississippi River on the University of Minnesota campus. Stop by anytime during the weekend to enjoy the museum’s galleries or come by at 1:00pm for a free public tour taking you through the building’s astounding history and architecture
These are just a few of the buildings and places your explore during Doors Open weekend, to see more visit the Doors Open website.