Minneapolis Signature Experiences

Minneapolis Signature Experiences are a collection of unique tours, performances, demonstrations and experiences perfect for groups to enjoy.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many of these group experiences are being put on pause. We encourage you to reach out to the specific businesses mentioned below with any questions. In the meantime, Experience Minneapolis From Home with a digital puzzle, a DIY project, or some local cuisine.

Arts & Culture

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART (MIA)
TRY IT TOURS

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 Minutes
Pricing: $20 per person
Minimum: 15 people
Maximum 30 people
612-870-3074

FOCI MINNESOTA CENTER FOR GLASS ARTS
GLASS DISCOVERY/HOT GLASS SOCIAL

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 hours
Max group size is 24 people
Paperweight: $95 for 1; $85 per person, 2-5 people; $75 per person; 6 or more
Pint 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

FOCI MINNESOTA CENTER FOR GLASS ARTS
GLASS DEMONSTRATION

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 people
$12/person For groups of 16 - 30 people
$10/person For groups of 31 - 45 people
$9/person For groups of 46 people or more.
7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
612-623-3624

ALEXANDER RAMSEY HOUSE
POLITICAL & SOCIAL POWER IN VICTORIAN SAINT PAUL

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 minutes
Minimum: 15 people
Maximum: 40 people
Pricing: $15 per person – $13 students and seniors
651-259-3140

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE
THE WILLEY HOUSE SIGNATURE TOUR

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
$30-100 + tax per person
Minimum: 1 person
Maximum: 18 people
612.280.7352

TEXTILE CENTER
DYE DISCOVERY/SHIBORI DYEING

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
$39 per person (includes tour + takeaway)
Minimum: 8 people
Maximum: 50 people
612-436-0464

TEXTILE CENTER
FELTING FUN

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
$25 per person (includes tour + takeaway)
Minimum: 8 people
Maximum: 50 people
612-436-0464

Food & Wine

MIDTOWN GLOBAL MARKET
A GLOBAL TASTE OF THE MARKET

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 person
Market Money - $5 denominations – good for lunch, dinner and shopping at any Midtown Global Market vendor.

Average Time: 90 Minutes
Pricing: $19 Adult; $15 Kids (10-18); Kids under 10 free
Minimum: 15 people
Maximum: 50 people
612-876-4450

TASTE TWIN CITIES FOOD TOUR
HEART OF MINNEAPOLIS FOOD AND CULTURAL WALKING TOUR

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.

Average Time: 3 hours
$45 per person
100+ people
Available April - October
612-750-9898

FIRE LAKE GRILL HOUSE + COCKTAIL BAR AT RADISSON BLU MOA

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 mixology
Dinner 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.

Minimum: 15 people
Maximum: 45 people
Approximate length: 2 hours
Based on availability.
952-851-4047

VOM FASS AT THE MALL OF AMERICA
THE ART OF DELICIOUS DINING – MEDITERRANEAN STYLE

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:

  • Demonstrations and recipes for cooking easy, delicious and healthy dishes using oils, vinegars and spices.
  • An interactive tasting experience
  • Insights into the entrepreneurial family businesses that power a young international company called VOM FASS
  • Options for upscale menu or other food and wine or spirits tastings

Pricing:
$25 - $60 per person, depending on options and experiences selected

Available Monday-Saturday for lunch, afternoon, or dinner timeframes to groups of 3 - 20 people. Smaller groups may also have the option to join a consolidated group experience. Please call 952-426-3222 or email reservations@vomfasstwincities.com for more information.

More Unique Experiences

DICK'S LAST RESORT AT MALL OF AMERICA
SCAVENGER HUNT

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
$18.95 per person; $12.95 with purchase of meal
Minimum 20 people
612-749-7955

SEA LIFE MINNESOTA AQUARIUM
SEE FIRST-HAND HOW WE CARE FOR THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHARK COLLECTION WITH AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR!

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
$10 per person; $5 group rate
Offered Daily
952-853-0612

COMO ZOO
BEHIND THE SCENES

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 hours
Minimum: 10
Maximum: 40
Pricing: $35 per person
651-487-8294

Add-ons:

Premium Box Luncheon - $16.50 per person
Deluxe Buffet Lunch - $22 per person
Behind-the-Scenes Conservatory Tour - $10 per person
Live Animal Ambassadors - $250 per group with luncheon

ST. PAUL SAINTS
BEHIND THE SCENES AT CHS FIELD

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 minutes
Minimum: 15
Maximum: 25
Pricing: $19 per person on non-game days and $15 per person on game days
651-288-9890

Add-ons:
Group meal, $16 per person

Outdoor, Adventure & Active

SEGWAY MAGICAL HISTORY TOURS
THE MINNEAPOLIS "INSIDER" SEGWAY EXPERIENCE

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
$70-90 per person
Minimum: 12 people
Maximum: 80 people
952-888-9200