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Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Art Museum, Art Gallery, and Museum
Whittier, Minneapolis
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    Tom E.
    "Japanese art, Indian art, free admission, Chinese art"(8 Tips)
    Natalya G.
    "Absolutely loved the Art in Bloom exhibition."(3 Tips)
    "strong collection of Asian art."(3 Tips)
    Kaushik V N.
    "The audio tour devices are actually free on Sundays."(5 Tips)
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  • Corey P.heart icon on user image
    Corey PartinApril 20, 2016
    One of the best places to go in the Twin Cities & the best museum in Minnesota IMO. Offers a variety of art styles, mediums & eras. Gets many of the tours including da Vinci, the Louvre & Rembrandt.
  • Lynne S.
    Lynne SturtevantMay 16, 2014
    This museum is incredible. Yes, there's fabulous fine art. But there are also many interesting objects from the ancient world to contemporary items. All in a glorious building. Do not miss it!
  • Natalya G.heart icon on user image
    Absolutely loved the Art in Bloom exhibition. I brought children to this event, activities were great for all ages. We got to enjoy other exhibits as well. Great visit over all.
    Upvoted May 23
  • Barry G.
    Barry GuettlerJune 8, 2018
    Minneapolis is blessed with some amazing museums and this is one of my favourites...not to mention it has the children's theatre which is one of the best in the country!
  • David D.heart icon on user image
    David DeuelJanuary 8
    Amazing collection. We spent 4 hours walking around and barely even touched the third floor. I think I'll need another few days in this place to see it all.
  • Jane B.
    Jane BellOctober 23, 2016
    Had no idea there was such a wonderful museum that was free! We were only able to spend a couple of hours there, but we will go back! Such a wonderfully diverse collection!
  • Eugenia Y.heart icon on user image
    Eugenia YeoDecember 10, 2015
    I enjoyed my visit here! I got to look at awesome works of art and read the history behind everything. Would definitely recommend people to visit at least once!
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    I came to see the native women artist show but next time will schedule mire time to check out addl galleries. It reminds me of NYC’s MET.
  • Raven
    RavenSeptember 12, 2014
    Must see museum. It is free and has a great collection of art. Stop for coffee and sandwiches too.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PrattMarch 19, 2013
    Visiting from out of two and was pleasantly surprised with this museum. For a free museum, this place has plenty to see and you could spend an entire day looking at things!
  • City Pages
    City PagesApril 18, 2013
    Voted Best Museum of 2013! With the exception of special exhibits, the halls are always free. And not only indulge in the art but listen to live music and drink to your heart's content. Read more
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMay 14, 2011
    Free admission and guided tours available. Once a month is Target Family Day, make art, meat artists and more. This museum is large and they have impressive exhibits covering a wide range of styles. Read more
  • Christopher P.heart icon on user image
    Christopher PopovJuly 6, 2016
    For some reason I didn't expect Mpls to have a great art museum but they some fine works and a great layout that will keep me going back since it is free as well
    HISTORYApril 19, 2010
    First founded in 1889, the museum features an encyclopedic collection of approximately 80,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world history and an especially strong collection of Asian art.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McInernyOctober 9, 2011
    Check the calendar for Family Days (about once a month, on Sundays). Tons of activities for kids (based on the theme for the month), all totally free.
  • Sharifa S.heart icon on user image
    Sharifa SimonAugust 7, 2014
    Pretty large gallery and free! It's easy to spend hours here. What's not to love? Check out events and such held here.
  • Jane H.
    Jane HubbardMay 6, 2014
    Beautiful museum, great exhibits. Loved the Art in Bloom show! Replicating art with floral arrangements.
  • Macey M.
    Macey MeyerOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Free and a wonderful place to spend the afternoon checking out art or going to a children's play.
  • Andrew K.heart icon on user image
    Andrew KurcanJanuary 1, 2015
    Wonderful collection of art old and new! Get on their mailing list - they will surprise you with the offerings of lectures and special events available!
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Voted "Best View" of the Minneapolis Skyline by City Pages in 2012! The museum is filled with amazing things to see, but one of the prettiest pictures it holds is outside.
  • Stacy B.heart icon on user image
    Stacy Bo BacyJuly 25, 2021
    Donation-based, terrific art museum. Really honors and acknowledges the local communities.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJanuary 18, 2015
    Nice free indoor option for those cold Minnesota days. Plus, great collection!
  • steve u.heart icon on user image
    steve ulrichNovember 3, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    not mentioned in the audio tour or on the plaques. osiris’ conspicuous 🦴er as a mummy.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅July 9, 2016
    This is so much fun !
  • Carrie R.heart icon on user image
    Carrie RigdonDecember 19, 2017
    Free admission, fabulous Asian and Native American collection, spacious, engaging.
  • Arun D.heart icon on user image
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you go for Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh . Great Exhibit.
  • Kaushik V N.heart icon on user image
    Kaushik V NunnaMay 25, 2015
    The audio tour devices are actually free on Sundays. Get them for sure. And don't forget to donate whatever you can :-)
  • Ricardo M.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo MendozaAugust 30, 2015
    Everything was awesome! The exhibits are enough to keep me occupied all day. Especially the Devo exhibit.
  • Edward B.heart icon on user image
    Edward BockNovember 18, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Pick a favorite artwork and say hello to it every time you visit! It becomes a friend! ❤️
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerDecember 28, 2013
    Look up to see the mobile hanging over the main area, made by the great Alexander Calder.
  • Anastasia K.heart icon on user image
    Anastasia KulykNovember 5, 2016
    Gorgeous place and also absolutely free. Fantastic view from the big windows ❤️️
  • Poppa W.
    Poppa WheelieDecember 10, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Pop up Park was a shining example of nonprofit art and its cost on the human soul.
  • E T.
    E TOctober 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Did you see it is FREE? I love this place! Also, great view of the Minneapolis skyline. Take your date here; it will be fun! ;)
  • arun b.
    arun bordoloiSeptember 18, 2012
    I love this museum. Beautiful space, nice traveling shows to see and a delicious D'Amico and Sons cafe inside
  • Lilyheart icon on user image
    LilyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great classical art museum; some modern and post-modern as well, but harder to find.
  • Savannah P.heart icon on user image
    Savannah PetrickOctober 15, 2017
    The third floor has the most exciting exhibitions if you’re looking for modern & contemporary art.
  • Marty O.heart icon on user image
    Marty O.February 20, 2015
    Asian exhibit, and the featured Habsburg's exhibit are worth price of admission.
  • Teddy E.heart icon on user image
    Teddy EisenbergOctober 22, 2015
    Free admission with recommended donation of $10.
  • steve m.heart icon on user image
    steve meyersJune 16, 2017
    Nice collection of works of art of all styles
  • Stirling M.heart icon on user image
    Stirling MorrisAugust 25, 2013
    Plan to be entranced and to stay for hours (oh, and don't forget to grab a map)
  • Dave H.heart icon on user image
    Dave HealyNovember 27, 2018
    Been here 100+ times
    Go and see the current exhibit—Egypt’s Sunken Cities. You’ll be amazed!
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineNovember 30, 2010
    The MIA has been cultivating its permanent Asian art collection, which spans 17 cultures, for more than 90 years. It's definitely worth at least 17 chunks of your time.
  • Mandy C.heart icon on user image
    Mandy CoxNovember 5, 2015
    This is one of my favorite places in Mpls. We have so much beauty at our fingertips!
  • Emma B.
    Emma BauerApril 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    April 16th & 17th is the Print & Drawing Fair. A premier opportunity to browse or buy great works of art. FREE admission both days. Visit our Facebook page for details. Read more
  • Jennifer B.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer BertramFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The family play room is a favorite destination for our kids. The coffee shop by D'Amico makes it even better!
  • Tom E.heart icon on user image
    Tom ElwellJuly 15, 2016
    Japanese art, Indian art, free admission, Chinese art
  • Emily M.
    Emily MadlandJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat before you come. Grainstack is closed indefinitely. Halfpint is often closed. Dogwood is open, so at least there is coffee!
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanApril 14, 2015
    Don't miss the China stuff. Well, it's pretty much pan-Asian. Also the colored glass.
  • Judd S.
    Judd SampsonDecember 30, 2011
    Must See - The Van Gogh in the Target Wing... the texture and colors are out of this world.
  • Everything Everywhere
    Everything EverywhereAugust 16, 2011
    One of the best art museums in the United States. A hidden treasure in the Twin Cities!
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