6440 US 10 West
Ramsey, MN 55303
Phone: (763) 323-4800
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Arts & Museums
The Banfill Locke Center for The Arts is committed to the idea that art makes a difference to society and strives to promote awareness and appreciation for the same within the community. Housed within the historic Banfill Tavern and Locke House, the center has a wide variety of programs including drawing, painting and photography classes, exhibitions and family events, for all ages and abilities. The center also features a gift shop, art gallery, as well as artist and writer studios. It operates from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10:00a and 4:00p.
A short distance from the Northeast Art District, Svedberg Studios is an art installation in itself. Home of artist Lauri Svedberg, this property has been her expression of art since purchasing it in 1979. From the wood-planked exterior and skylights, to hand-painted furniture and murals indoors, the decor showcases her versatility in an array of media. Visit this place for a personalized tour by the friendly artist herself.
Renowned Minneapolis artist Doug Padilla’s studio is situated on the third floor of the California Building. Pay a visit to admire his signature work in contemporary and progressive art. The eclectic space features thought-provoking paintings, collages and iconography in an array of media. Stop by the lounge for an interesting conversation with the man himself.
The Firefighter's Hall & Museum chronicles and commemorates the bravery and heroism of the Fire Department. Located in an unassuming building, this museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia recovered from iconic tragedies in the years gone by. Exhibitions feature archives, an aerial ladder, an engine, exhaust fans, a fire alarm telegraph system and several other firefighting equipments. The hall is rented out for community and private events.
More than an art studio, the House of Balls is an experience in itself. Local artist and sculptor Allen Christian uses repurposed materials as an expression of art, thus giving new life to pipes, false teeth, piano parts, brushes, bowling balls and the likes. Visitors can stop by anytime as they are open to public all day. This unique art installation is a thought-provoking addition to itineraries to Minneapolis.
James J. Hill's North Oaks Farm is a beautiful open air museum that features 3,300 acres (1,300 hectares) of land. The trails through the farm are used for walking, running, biking, etc. The Blacksmith Shop and Machine Shop was used as a place where the horses were shod and the hinges and the wagon wheels were constructed here that were to be used on the farm.
An architecture-buff's dream, this library is an all-purpose learning center and inviting haven for Minneapolis residents and visitors alike. Completed in the spring of 2006, the building immediately garnered rave reviews for its innovative use of light and existing surroundings, making it one of the best examples of the city's varied architectural style. The library itself houses the fourth-largest collection of any metropolitan library in the country, as well as large special collections, public art, and educational centers (it even has its own coffee bar!).
Formerly a soap factory, this space of the same name was home to the National Purity Soap Company. It is now an independent and vibrant art gallery showcasing an eclectic program of contemporary and progressive art. It retains some of the factory interiors and industrial atmosphere with exposed beams and unrefined equipment that make for a unique backdrop to exhibitions and performing arts.
In close proximity to the Walker Art Center sits what many consider one of the boldest and most unique displays of art in the country, if not the entire world. Inaugurated in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a showcase for more than 40 works of art including major sculptures by George Segal, Ellsworth Kelly, Jenny Holzer, Henry Moore and Franz Lipschitz. The entrance to the 11 acre garden is bordered by Ampersand, a pair of colossal granite columns by Martin Puryear. The garden's centerpiece is the 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' sculpture and fountain by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The small conservatory is also home to a Frank Gehry-designed giant fish with scales of glass that rests on its tail.
Once the tallest building in the Midwest, the Foshay Tower now stands as a landmark towering above the Twin Cities. Built as homage to the Washington Monument, plumbing magnate, Wilbur Foshay commissioned the building in 1929. It stood as the tallest tower for over 40 years, until the IDS Tower was built in 1973. However, the birds-eye view of the city from the 31st floor observation deck and museum is truly spectacular and a must visit.
Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. Apart from its regular exhibits, the museum also plays host to innovative theater, music, dance, film, video, performance programs, and also sponsors numerous classes, workshops and lectures. The Walker Book Shop here on the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items.
Once the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum aims to showcase the ins and outs of the intricate process of milling. The flour milling industry was one of the top industries in Minneapolis and the museum will show visitors the vast history of flour production. Walk through the old factory and take in the sights. Don't forget to checkout their classes, lectures and many other special events that take place throughout the year.