Go Minneapolis Signature Experiences are a collection of new and unique tours, performances, demonstrations and experiences perfect for groups to enjoy.
Ranging from Outdoor Adventure to Arts & Culture, Go Minneapolis Signature Experiences offer exclusive and interactive ways to see all that Minneapolis has to offer.
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Nourish your creativity, spirit, and imagination at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Sample world cultures through an amazing menu of artworks. Let us tempt your artistic taste buds with visual delights from throughout time and around the globe. Learn the fascinating stories of these objects, the artists, and the emotions they evoke. We’ll serve up experiences you've never had in an art museum and make you hungry for more!
Average Time: 90 MinutesPricing: $20 per personMinimum: 15Maximum 30612-870-3140
Learn actors’ secrets for powerful presence and find your authentic voice. Acquire the skills to engage your listeners, become more easily understood and create impact. Led by one of the Guthrie Theater’s leading professional vocal coaches, you will learn techniques on vocal clarity, variety and how to relax under pressure. You will develop an amazing sense of awareness and presence that you can employ in everyday life!
Average Time: 90 Minutes$30 per personMinimum 10 Maximum 48612-225-6172
Join a professional glass artist at FOCI to discover the basic glass techniques to create a one of a kind take-away piece of glass. Learn how to gather from the furnace, add color and shape and mold a piece of glass to create your own masterpiece. Choose to make a colorful paperweight or a clear pint drinking glass. You will work under the supervision of an experienced gaffer who will act as your guide during this memorable hands-on workshop. 7 day advance reservation required.
Average Time: 2 hoursMax group size is 24Paperweight: $95 for 1; $85 per person, 2-5 people; $75 per person; 6 or morePint Glass: $140 per person; $130 per person, 2-5 people; $120 per person, 6 or more.7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.612-623-3624
Explore the American Swedish Institute to appreciate the elements of Art, Craft and Design that come together in a unique way. You will discover the artistic design features in the Turnblad Mansion while hearing the stories of the family and craftsmen. Tour the campus for a full experience, and go behind the scenes to visit the ASI collection and view several unique pieces. Then, you will try your hand at Swedish craft creating a memento of your visit.
Average Time: 2 hours$19 per personMinimum: 10 Maximum: 40612-870-3344
Explore the history, principles and stories of glass, a substance used in everyday life in numerous ways. Meet the craftsmen and women of FOCI for a fun-filled experience demonstrating the properties of glass. Watch a gaffer create pieces from molten glass; discover the techniques for adding color and making unique objects. You will be amazed at the craftsmanship and skill at FOCI used to craft an array of glass items.
Average Time: 2 hours$200 for groups of 1 - 15$12/person For groups of 16 - 30$10/person For groups of 31 - 45$9/person For groups of 46 or more.7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.612-623-3624
Enter of a “contest of generosity” as you experience the unique art of stage combat. Under the supervision of a professional stage combatant, you will learn the fun and basic techniques of choreography for a convincing slap, punch and choke, without hurting anyone. This is an on-your-feet experience with safe guards and watchful instruction designed to ensure that no one gets hurt. Come play! It looks real, but it’s just theater!
Discover the unique legacy of one of Minnesota's founding families. Begin with a 60-minute tour of the Ramsey's beautifully-preserved Victorian-era mansion filled with the family's original items and furnishings. Listen to excerpts from letters and journals detailing the political and social power wielded by the wealthy and influential residents of Saint Paul's historic Irvine Park.
Duration: 90 minutesMinimum: 15Maximum: 40Pricing: $15 per person – $13 students and seniors651-259-3015
Experience the Willey House, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed masterpiece built in 1934 for Malcolm and Nancy Willey. For the first time ever, this house has been restored and completed using the blueprints and design elements by Wright. The Willey House represents a unique architectural bridge between Wright’s styles of Prairie and Usonia.
All visitors receive a Willey House Flipbook, available nowhere else. It outlines some of the history and illustrates the construction of the house starting with the site plan, as it was erected, brick course by brick course.
Average Time: 1.5 hours$60 per personMinimum: 10Maximum: 24612.338.4462
Landmark Center is more than just a pretty facade. Stepping into Saint Paul's historic jewel is to travel back in time to hear the stories - and meet the people - who lived Landmark's important, and infamous history. You'll explore the building from the deep sub-basement up to the iconic North Tower and experience areas of the building off-limits to the general public. Uncover the secrets hidden inside Landmark Center!
Availability: Year-round by appointment with two weeks advance notice. Experience subject to building availability. Friday and Saturday evenings cannot be accommodated.
Duration: 1 hour; 25 min.Minimum: 10 peopleMaximum: 25 peoplePricing: $20 per person651-292-1239
Explore the Japanese dyeing technique of shibori—the precursor to contemporary “tie-dye”—to create a vibrant silk scarf, tea towel, or wine gift bag. Learn about the history of color, and how different tools and shaping methods create stunning patterns and designs in the fabric. Work in our state-of-the-art Dye Lab to apply colors and complete your unique creation.
Average Time: 2 hours$45 per personMinimum: 8Maximum: 25Additional: 1 Hour Guided Interactive Tour - $10 per person612-436-0464
Discover this ancient technique for crafting designs from a variety of wool textures, colors and materials. Learn about the amazing properties of wool, and how early civilizations used this unique process for both practical and artful purposes. Then, get your hands wet and felt yourself or a friend a one-of-a-kind mug rug, colorful coaster or felted artwork.
Average Time: 2 hours$29 per personMinimum: 8Maximum: 25Additional: 1 Hour Guided Interactive Tour - $10 per person612-436-0464
Become inspired to be healthier by learning about how to support local and sustainable agriculture through a 4 course luncheon and discussion at Chef Brenda Langton’s restaurant, Spoonriver. Brenda Langton is considered by many food experts to be the leader in the Twin Cities in Sustainable Agriculture & Farm-To Table Dining. Class includes Brenda Langton’s Cookbook, The Spoonriver Cookbook, signed copy, $35 value.
Average Time: 1.5 - 2 hours$45 - $85 per personMinimum: 10 -12Maximum: 40Choose Between Full and Guided Experiences612.436.2236
Excite your senses, tantalize your taste buds and explore the Midtown Global Market. This fascinating venue is a veritable melting pot of global cultures. You will meet the merchants and learn their stories of working to achieve the American dream. The Market serves as an incubator for immigrant businesses. During your visit you will sample a variety of tastes and hear tales from your global hosts.
Add-ons:Gift Bag - $10 per personMarket Money - $5 denominations – good for lunch, dinner and shopping at any Midtown Global Market vendor.
Average Time: 90 MinutesPricing: $19 Adult; $15 Kids (10-18); Kids under 10 freeMinimum: 15Maximum: 50612-872-4041
Join us as we weave our way through the skyscrapers of downtown Minneapolis on a food adventure! You’ll have a tasty experience of some of the best food finds Minneapolis has to offer all while learning history of downtown and soaking in the local culture.
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Average Time: 3 hours$45 per personMinimum: 4Maximum: 12Available Jan – March Skyway 11-2; April – Oct Heart of MPLS 2 – 5612.280.4851
Experience the bounty of Minnesota at Fire Lake with farm to table foods using fresh local produce and ingredients. Learn cooking tips and techniques along with the latest food trends from the expert chefs. You will have recipes and new cooking techniques you will be able to incorporate at home.
Pricing:Art of Brunch - $55 per person without mixology, $75 with mixologyDinner on Tap - $65 per person without beer or wine. $79 per person with beer; $89 per person with wine.Taste of the Seasons - $70 per person; $90 per person with beverage option*Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.
Approximate length: 2 hoursBased on availability.952-426-3222
VOM FASS presents The Art of Delicious Dining – Mediterranean Style, a guided epicurean experience that introduces participants to the Mediterranean food and lifestyle. This fun, interactive program includes:
Pricing:$35 per person – three courses$45 per person – upscale menu or four coursesAdd $10 per person for wine or spirits paired tastings
Available Monday-Saturday for lunch, afternoon, or dinner timeframes to groups of 20 to 100. Groups smaller than 20 may be able to join a consolidated group experience. Please call 952-426-3222 for more information.
Have you ever wondered how sketch comedy performers come up with their hilarious, creative ideas? Step “Inside the Writers’ Room” at the nation’s oldest satirical comedy theatre and experience our creative process for yourself. In this unique two-hour participatory experience, you’ll get to practice our fun and engaging tricks of the trade, like improv and brainstorming- and try out the tools our veteran performers actually use to turn everyday ideas into wildly creative comedy. Actual Brave New Workshop mainstage performers will help you learn to silence your inner critic and rediscover your own creativity – with lots of laughs along the way.
Average Time: 2 hours$40 per personMinimum 12Maximum 40612-332-6620
When was the last time your day went exactly the way you planned it? It doesn’t happen often, does it? Life is very much like improv, full of surprises and unknowns! The Brave New Workshop is the oldest comedy theatre in the US, and their world renowned school of improvisation, the BNW Student Union, invites you to get a taste of this amazing art form in an abbreviated version of its beginner class. Embrace the spirit of positivity and unleash your creativity in this exploration even if you have never been, or want to be on stage.
The skilled instructors from the BNW Student Union have years of experience working with adults and youth, and will gently guide you through a series of well-tested exercises that will introduce you to the idea of creative safety and help you practice being in the moment.
Average Time: 2 hours$40 per person Minimum 20Maximum 50612-332-6620
Head down to Dick’s Last Resort in Mall of America for the ultimate competitive adventure. Test your factual knowledge of the Mall of America with a customized, 32-question challenge using iPads to track your answers and take pictures along the way. Strategize a plan, test your knowledge and have some fun with this one-of-a-kind way to see Mall of America.
Average Time: 1 hour$16.95 per person; $12.95 with purchase of mealMinimum 20612-749-7955
A Behind-the-Scenes Tour is a 45-minute guided tour that will take you up on deck above our tunnel system where you can see animals that are currently off-exhibit. You will then explore our Laboratory to find out how we treat and maintain the 1.3 million gallons of water that make up the aquarium. Finally, your tour guide will take you into our Food Prep Kitchen to see what we feed our thousands of creatures in order to keep them healthy and strong.
Minimum 2 weeks advance reservations are required for large groups of 10 or more people. Cameras are not allowed on Behind-the-Scenes Tours.
Average Time: 45 Minutes$9.99 per person; $5 group rateOffered Daily952-853-0612
Discover the history and stories that have built Hard Rock Café into an iconic global brand! Hear about the early days in London, how memorabilia, merchandise and collectable pins became part of the Hard Rock brand. Test your skills with Rock and Roll trivia, see the unique Rock and Rock memorabilia and be prepared to meet a special guest.
Pricing:Breakfast Buffet - $20.00 per person2-Course Lunch - $25.00 per person3-Course Dinner - $35.00 per person2-Drink Networking: $15.00
Offered Monday-Thursday 7 AM – 10 PM and Saturday-Sunday 7 AM-11 AM for groups of 15-150 people. Please call 952-814-2948 to book this experience.
Experience Como, Minnesota’s most visited cultural attraction, and go behind the scenes before the zoo opens to the public. Hear stories from Como’s fascinating past, make a treat for polar bears, feed a giraffe, and meet one of the many zookeepers who make Como Zoo a world class facility.
Availability: Year-round, 8:30-10:30 a.m. (This experience is best before the zoo opens to the public)
Duration: 2 hoursMinimum: 10Maximum: 40Pricing: $35 per person651-487-8782
Premium Box Luncheon - $16.50 per personDeluxe Buffet Lunch - $22 per personBehind-the-Scenes Conservatory Tour - $10 per personLive Animal Ambassadors - $250 per group with luncheon
Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Saint Paul's CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints. Your guided visit will include access to see the unique features and areas of one of the nation's greenest ballparks - voted Best New Ballpark of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. Meet the people and discover their various roles to make the park work. Learn the history of baseball in Saint Paul, the irreverent roots of the team and "Fun Is Good" philosophy of the staff and management.
Availability: April - October (weather dependent)Duration: 90 minutesMinimum: 15Maximum: 25 Pricing: $19 per person on non-game days and $15 per person on game days651-644-6659
Add-ons:Group meal, $16 per person
Live the dream and experience the thrill of being a Saint for a day! Learn the ins and outs of being part of the team. You will take the field and see your name in lights at CHS Field, just like a member of the St. Paul Saints. Your visit includes a tour of CHS Field, team workout, official jersey, Saints-issued cap and a meal.
Availability: COMING SOONDuration: 2 hours Minimum: 10Maximum: 25Pricing: $175 per person651-644-6659
Become a true Minneapolis “Insider” on the newest Mobile Entertainment Segway tour of downtown. Explore the heartbeat of this vibrant city by nature seeing the famous landmarks, popular attractions and hidden gems. Expert guides will share the city’s rich history, tips for navigating downtown streets and insights into must see spots and attractions. Discover where the locals go and be a true “Insider” as you enjoy this fascinating city.
Average Time: 3 hours$80 per personMinimum 2Maximum 25952-888-9000
Experience the rhythm of the Mississippi River, spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from Saint Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park. We’ll see you on the river.
Availability: May - OctoberDuration: 90 minutesMinimum: 15Maximum: 600Pricing: $13 per person for groups; $6 per person for school field trips.651-227-1100
Fully customizable experience crafted to fit your interests, budget and time. Please call 612-872-4041 to book.