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 performance spaces, the theater also boasts a full-service restaurant, two casual eateries and some of the best views of Minneapolis from the banks of the Mississippi River.
Past visitors highly recommended seeing a show while you're in town saying there isn't a bad seat in the house. Others were impressed by the building's architecture and the outstanding river views.
Performance ticket prices vary by show, but you can expect to pay between $29 and $78. If you can't catch a show, consider taking one of the tours offered by the theater. You can 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. Tours are usually offered Friday and Saturday mornings. 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 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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