The Most Unique Meeting & Event Venues in Minneapolis
Capture a true Minneapolis experience by hosting your event at one of these unique venues.
The redesigned Bell Museum is where science, art and the environment come together in Minnesota’s only natural history museum. Hold a meeting or an event here and you’ll have the opportunity to give your guests a full museum experience with guided star gazing and museum tours or hands-on activities. Their many different spaces allow you to make your event special, whether it be in the planetarium with theater seating or the observation deck allowing guests to mingle under the stars and explore the sky.
The historic setting at Gale Mansion gives a breathtaking look at one of Minneapolis’ oldest homes. Put on the National Register of Historic places, because of its prime example of Italian Renaissance Revival Architecture. Guests can enjoy a glimpse into the past while checking out the mansion's originally built fireplaces, oak parquet floors, a black walnut staircase, ornate ceilings, and a pipe organ.
The Bakken Museum has hosted events for every occasion and stands out as one of the most beautiful locations in the city. The museum is home to a collection of historic and scientific artifacts. Step into the historic West Winds mansion for your event and give guests the opportunity to appreciate views of Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and the Florence Bakken Medicinal Gardens.
Swedish influences can be seen all over Minneapolis and throughout the state of Minnesota and their heritage is proudly displayed at the American Swedish Institute (ASI). The Turnblad Mansion was once home to Swedish immigrants who later donated it to the institute. Event spaces at the ASI feature Swedish inspired detailing and a celebration of Scandinavian Culture.
Located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Central Library is a stunning spot to hold a special event or meeting. This Minneapolis landmark was designed by Cesar Pelli, a famous Argentinian architect who is most famous for designing the Petronas Twin Towers in Malyasia. The Library features many windows, which allow natural light to flow through the space and a rooftop garden. A collection of art can be found hung up throughout the building keeping guests enthralled by the impressive interior.
The Mill City Museum is a historic and popular attraction in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis. Built on the ruins of a former flour mill it now serves as a way to teach visitors about the milling industry as well as a charming backdrop for events. The mix of relics from the mill's past and the renovated look of modern steel, brick and wood combine to make an award-winning architectural design. The courtyard is picturesque and will wow your event attendees with its beautifully preserved history.
From the exterior, The Weisman Art Museum is a work of art in itself: a shiny building made with stainless steel and bricks constructed with curves and abstract angles, giving the illusion of a waterfall. But the inside of this event space is just as beautiful as the outside. Rental spaces feature bold and modern designs as well as stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline overlooking the Mississippi River. Enhance your event even more with gallery rentals and guided tours of the museum’s 25,000+ image collection of modern art. Throughout the museum you'll find a collection of art from early 20th-century American artists and a selection of ceramics and contemporary art. Wherever you look you’ll most likely find something that pleases the eye.
Plan a special event with the prime focus of food at Create Dining Studio. In this event space guests can interact with chefs and watch them cook their meal first-hand. The owners Philip and Desiree Dorwat like to think of it as a space where you can create your own restaurant experience. Menus, décor, music are all chosen by you. Create Dining Studio is one of only three other venues in the country who can boast about providing this type dining and cooking entertainment scene.
Art lovers will appreciate a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) were they are dedicated to preserving and collecting art from all over the world. A meeting hosted at Mia offers versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces and spectacular views of the iconic downtown skyline. Renting out a space on the weekends can get you and your guests private access to designated galleries. Mia has one of the finest art collections in the country. Works include pieces from Rembrandt, van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and other artists from around the globe.