Weisman Art Museum

#7 in Best Things To Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul
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Key Info

333 East River Rd.

Price & Hours

Free
Tues, Thurs, Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wed 10 a.m.-...

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Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Designed by avant-garde architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum is the place to go for a glimpse at some of America's most renowned contemporary art. Here, you'll find pieces by such famed artists as Georgia O'Keeffe and Roy Lichtenstein, not to mention an impressive collection of ceramics and Korean furniture. This museum also hosts notable touring exhibits.

Some recent travelers found the museum too small, but others enjoyed its manageable size. A few reviewers said the collection wasn't worth making a special trip, but those who did stop by were impressed with its unique facade and scenic setting on the banks of the Mississippi River.

And thanks to the Weisman's location on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus, you can make a day of your visit, exploring the campus and surrounding neighborhoods (including budget-friendly Dinkytown). The Weisman Art Museum can be found nestled in the University of Minnesota campus, near the Washington Avenue Bridge that connects the university's east and west campuses. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information on current exhibits and special events, consult the museum's website.

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Sheltering more than 90,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place to go if you're an art aficionado. Whether you're interested in ancient Egyptian artifacts or European masterpieces by artists such as Titian and Monet, this museum has what you need to get your fix. Recent visitors attest the museum is well-suited for all ages, thanks to the kids scavenger hunt offerered by the museum. Along with the impressive collection of art, travelers are also complimentary of the museum's other offerings, including the Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Cafe.

Located south of the downtown area, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free; special exhibits cost extra. Past visitors advised setting aside at least 90 minutes for your visit, though some recommended breaking up your museum tour into two days. Off-street parking is available in a parking ramp south of the museum. There are also surface lots on the northeast and southeast corners of the museum. If you're coming by bus, the museum is located on Route No. 11. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit the Mia's website.

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