Guthrie Theater#3 in Best Things To Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul
Named for founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the downtown theater is one of the nation's most renowned and one of the city's most beloved treasures. Opening in 1963 with a production of "Hamlet," the Guthrie Theater's repertory company has made a name for itself with its highly praised balance of classical theater and avant-garde productions. Aside from its three individual stages, the theater also boasts a full-service restaurant, two casual eateries, a cocktail lounge and some of the best views of Minneapolis from the banks of the Mississippi River.
If you can't catch a show, consider taking one of the tours offered by the theater. You can download free audio tours for your own self-guided tour, or you can also pay to go on a backstage, costume rentals or architecture tour. Tour hours and prices vary, so consult the Guthrie Theater's website for more information. The theater is located about half a mile east of downtown Minneapolis, near the Stone Arch Bridge and Mill City Museum. Ramp parking is available on South Second Street, directly across from the Guthrie. There are also several parking lots surrounding the theater. If you're taking the bus, Route 7 and Route 22 stop on the corner of Washington Avenue at Chicago Avenue, about two blocks from the theater.
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#1 Minneapolis Institute of Art
Sheltering more than 83,000 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. "We took three young children to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art and had a wonderful time. This is a very family-friendly art museum," said one TripAdvisor reviewer. 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.
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