Twin Cities Attractions and Activities
Welcome to the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the biggest, albeit underestimated place in the north. A dramatic riverfront skyline for your eyes to feast on, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles for any sports fanatics out there, so much art you’re literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner you come across. A culture committed to perfecting the craft of the brew if you like your beer, the best park system in the nation, and a foodie paradise where you can get Nordic cuisine for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch and something strange but welcome for dinner, not to mention the many kinds of in-between meals you could consume and tickle your taste buds with – and don’t forget, you can enjoy cocktails on a Ferris wheel.
The city is a major city of the arts, with many art centers and galleries that you can visit being practically right next to each other for your ease of access. If you think yourself as one with refined taste, come on down, to the Twin Cities, they got something for your classical tastes there.
The Walker Art Center, one of the five largest modern art museums in the entirety of the U.S., sits atop Lowry Hill, near the downtown area. The size of the Center was doubled with an addition in 2005 by Herzog & de Meuron, and expanded with the conversion of a 15 acres park designed by Michel Desvigne, located across the street from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1900s in south central Minneapolis, is the largest art museum in the whole metropolis, with 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection. New wings, designed by Kenzo Tange and Michael Graves, opened in 1974 and 2006, respectively, for contemporary and modern works, as well as more gallery space.
The Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry for the University of Minnesota, opened in 1993. An addition that doubled the size of the galleries, also designed by Gehry, opened in 2011. The Weisman Art Museum offers free admission. The Museum of Russian Art opened in a restored church in 2005 and exhibits a collection of 20th-century Russian art as well as lecture series, seminars, social functions and other special events.
Speaking of the arts, there also is a large audience for the theatric and performing arts here in Minneapolis. The has been a cultural center for theatrical performances since the mid-1800s. Early theaters included the Pence Opera House, the Academy of Music, the Grand Opera House, the Lyceum, and later the Metropolitan Opera House, which opened in 1894.
The city is second only to New York City in terms of live theater per capita and is the third-largest theater market in the U.S., after New York City and Chicago. Theater companies and troupes such as the Illusion, Jungle, Mixed Blood, Penumbra, Mu Performing Arts, Bedlam Theatre, Blackout Improv, HUGE Improv Theater, the Brave New Workshop, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, Red Eye Theater, Skewed Visions, Theater Latté Da, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company are based in Minneapolis.