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The Minneapolis metropolitan area has 55 museums in total, so you can stay busy from your first visit to your tenth (or beyond!). From electricity to Russian art, our museums will expand your horizons.

Minneapolis is just under 150 years old, but there are thousands of years of history and art between the banks of the Mississippi and the lakes on the western edge of the city. You'll find those in our numerous museums, ranging from the "most explosive museum in the world," (Mill City Museum) carved out of the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill to some of the top ranked art museums in the U.S. and the world, designed by the likes of Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry and Michael Graves. 

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Alexander Ramsey House

Alexander Ramsey House

Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. The home was built by…

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American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is a historic museum in Minneapolis founded in 1929 that offers a variety of programs designed to celebrate Swedish heritage and contemporary Nordic arts and culture.

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Bell Museum

Bell Museum

Minnesota's official museum of natural history since 1872. Coming in summer 2018 to the St. Paul campus, the new Bell Museum brings together science, art, and the environment with a unique Minnesota perspective. Our new home features a digital planetarium,…

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Hennepin History Museum

Hennepin History Museum

The Hennepin History Museum is one of the Twin Cities' most unique social history museums. We offer superb exhibits, a historic mansion setting, and archival collections of priceless scholarly value. HHM has evolved from the Hennepin County Territorial Pioneers…

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Historic Fort Snelling

Historic Fort Snelling

Established in the early 1820s, Fort Snelling was built to protect the fur trade. Today, the reconstructed fort is a National Historic Landmark where visitors can learn not only about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, but also…

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House of Balls

House of Balls

The House of Balls is a three-decade old artistic Institution. Allen Christian invites the public in to see the process of creating art and to have a dialogue about the currency in their lives. He uses society's detritus to create the human figure. He and his…

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James J. Hill House

James J. Hill House

Rugged Stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the gilded Age Mansion, the…

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Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Home to over 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history, Mia inspires wonder, spurs creativity, and nourishes the imagination. With extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country - Rembrandt to van…

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Minnesota Children’s Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Minnesota Children's Museum is where kids ages six months to 10 years can touch, climb, splash and explore their way through seven galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures.

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Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society has been sharing the stories of Minnesotans for over 165 years! Join us for programs and events at 26 historic sites and museums statewide. The Twin Cities metro area historical sites and museums include the Minnesota History…

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Minnesota State Capitol

Minnesota State Capitol

Completed in 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol is used by the Minnesota Governor, Supreme Court, Senate and House of Representatives. Designed by Cass Gilbert, who was known for his classical style and pioneering skyscrapers, the Capitol features the…

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Museum of Broadcasting

Museum of Broadcasting

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting has the finest collection of antique radio, television and broadcast equipment in the world, with international recognition for its continuing efforts in preserving and documenting the history of the industry.

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North West Company Fur Post

North West Company Fur Post

Step into a reconstructed fur post from the winter of 1804. Meet a French Voyageur, a British fur trade clerk and visit an Ojibwe encampment. The visitor center houses an expansive exhibit gallery with a 24-foot birch canoe, a 30-foor tall stone fireplace and a…

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Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Step onto a working 1860s farm established by Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. At the farm, the whole family can meet farm animals and participate in…

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The Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art

The Museum of Russian Art is the only one of its kind in North America. Featuring three floors of galleries with exquisite architectural features and magnificent artwork, events at the museum are immersed within the galleries. Located directly off 35W and…

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Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum offers a educational and friendly art experience, featuring early twentieth-century American artists, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. Free admission every day.

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Wells Fargo History Museum

Wells Fargo History Museum

Step off the skyway into a storied past with an antique stagecoach, gold, and more! Scheduled tours available. Open to the public. Free admission.

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