University of Minnesota

ARTS, MUSEUMS & ENTERTAINMENT

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

 

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES:

Weismann Art Museum
333 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 625-9494

Housed in the magnificent Frank Gherey designed structure, glimmering above the banks of the ‘Mighty Mississippi’, the Weismann Art Museum holds a vast permanent collection of 20th century art and contemporary pieces, as well as rotating exhibits and educational programs for the whole family.
Tues-Wed and Fri 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

Coffman Art Gallery
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
First Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Located on the first floor of the Coffman Memorial Union, the Coffman Art Gallery exhibits works by students and faculty. Exhibits in the Coffman Art Gallery are curated, designed, and installed by the students of the Program Board within Student Unions & Activities. Gallery hours coincide with Coffman Memorial Union building hours, which vary throughout the year. See website for hours.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
24400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(888) 642-2787

With a collection of approximately 80,000 objects from over 500 years of world history, this collection includes architecture exhibits, African Art and an expansive collection of Asian Art.
Admission is free.
Tues, Wed, Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-9pm; Sun, 11am-5pm

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 375-7600

Considered one of the “big five” museums of modern art, the Walker Art Center contains pieces of visual art, performing arts, film, design, and new media. Across from the museum is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, containing the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture.
Check the website for admission prices.
Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm; Thurs, 11am-9pm, closed Mondays

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-259-3000
An interactive museum, hosting permanent and rotating exhibits, lectures, educational programs and concerts year-round.
Tue, 10am-8pm; Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
Adults: $11; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $9; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free
FREE to the public every Tuesday from 5pm-8pm!

Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612)-341-7555
Located in what was once the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum explores the impact of the flour mill industry on the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Take the “Flour Tower” elevator through the mill, visit the baking lab for baking demonstrations and fresh baked bread samples, watch a fun short-film on the city’s history, and make your way up to the 9th floor observation deck for views of the Mighty Mississippi, Stone Arch Bridge and St. Anthony Falls.
Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm
Adults: $11; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $9; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
651-296-8760
The home of the late politician Alexander Ramsey, this house is a premier example of Victorian-style architecture in the United States. Ramsey served as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota from 1849-53, was elected Mayor of St.-Paul in 1855, and then served as second Minnesota Governor from 1860-63 and from 1869-75 (serving the US Senate in between his terms as Governor). Ramsey built his lavish home in 1868, with the highest quality materials and furnishings. The house now offers a glimpse into this wealthy, Victorian-era lifestyle through immaculate restoration, tours, reenactments and exhibits.
Adults: $9; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $7; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 297-2555

Owned by and designed specifically for James J. Hill, this Guilded Age exhibits his grandiose vision as the builder of the Great Northern Railway. Hill oversaw the planning, construction, and furnishing of the entire house as if it were a branch of his railroad. Completed in 1891, the house is 36,000 square feet on three acres. Sophisticated designs such as central-heating, gas, electric lighting and ventilation run through the five-story mansion.
Wed-Sat, 10am-3:30pm; Sun, 1pm-3:30pm
Art gallery hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm. Closed major holidays.
Visit the entire home by guided tour only. Reservations recommended
. Adults: $9; Seniors & College Students (with valid ID): $7; Ages 6-17: $6; 5 and under: Free

Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55130
(651) 228-0263
A former steam engine maintenance facility, the Jackson Street Roundhouse now showcases the history of railroading in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Explore vintage, restored steam engines, experience a genuine operating roundhouse turntable (one of the last of its kind in the country), and ride the caboose on Saturdays.
Wed & Sat, 10am-4pm
$5-$10. See website for updated rates.

The Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-7083

With nearly 4 million specimens from around the globe on display, the Bell Museum aims to educate the public on the importance of conservation, while stirring excitement for nature and science in all forms. The Touch and See room gives children a chance to get a hands-on, up-close look at nature, while the Rain Forest Exhibit gives visitors a rain forest canopy view from 2 aerial walkways.
Tue-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm.
Adults: $5, Children 3-16 and Seniors 65+: $3. Free admission on Sundays!

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(800) 221-9444
Learn all about the earth, sea, and space through dramatic theater, science demonstrations, and interactive exhibits. Don’t miss the The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, full of  strange and unusual medical devices of years past.
Admission costs vary by exhibition, which often require advanced purchase. See website for details.
Open daily 9:30am-9:30pm

 

 

THEATRE & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

The University of Minnesota School of Music is comprised of numerous choral and instrumental ensembles, such as Bands, Orchestras and Jazz Ensembles, as well as the University Opera Theater.

The University of  Minnesota Department of Theatre and Dance offers student stage performances in the form of plays, musicals, ballets and modern dance.

The Whole
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

What started in the 1960’s as a coffeehouse has turned into a venue for students and the public to enjoy international acts at affordable prices. Shows are scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights during the regular school year.
Enjoy a musical or theatrical performance from one of the fine groups on campus. 

Minnesota Orchestra
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Box Office: 1-800-292-4141

Founded by Emil Oberhoffer, the Minnesota Orchestra is an American orchestra based in Minneapolis. Concerts are performed at Orchestra Hal,l which is also host to Jazz performances.

Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 377-2224

Many classic plays, and various concerts and events are performed at the Guthrie Theater. Built in 2006, the bright blue theatre was hailed “a 21st century dream factory” by Time magazine. The theatre also boasts a store, two restaurants, a café and a lounge for pre or post theatre food and drink.
Self guided audio tours: Download to your iPod for free or rent at the box office for $5.
Backstage tours: Fri-Sun, 10am. $10 per person; $6 for subscribers, students and seniors. Reservations recommended. Call the Box Office at (612) 377-2224 or order online. Last approximately 45 minutes in length. 
Architecture tours: First Saturday of each month at 9am. $15 for adults; $10 for students. Call the Box Office at 612.377.2224 or order online.  Last approximately 75 minutes in length.
See website for current show schedules and times.