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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"(6 Tips)
    Jane H.
    "Loved the Art in Bloom show!"(2 Tips)
    City Pages
    "General admission"(4 Tips)
    HISTORY
    "strong collection of Asian art."(3 Tips)
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  • 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!
  • Corey P.
    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.
  • 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
  • HISTORY
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Eugenia Y.
    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!
  • Raven
    RavenSeptember 12, 2014
    Must see museum. It is free and has a great collection of art. Stop for coffee and sandwiches too.
  • Andrew K.
    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.
  • 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 5+ times
    Free and a wonderful place to spend the afternoon checking out art or going to a children's play.
  • Christopher P.
    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
  • 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!
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WilkerOctober 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.
  • Kaushik V N.
    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 :-)
  • Jennifer B.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ricardo M.
    Ricardo MendozaAugust 30, 2015
    Everything was awesome! The exhibits are enough to keep me occupied all day. Especially the Devo exhibit.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerDecember 28, 2013
    Look up to see the mobile hanging over the main area, made by the great Alexander Calder.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great classical art museum; some modern and post-modern as well, but harder to find.
  • 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! ;)
  • Sharifa S.
    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.
  • Judd S.
    Judd SampsonDecember 30, 2011
    Must See - The Van Gogh in the Target Wing... the texture and colors are out of this world.
  • Marty O.
    Marty O.February 20, 2015
    Asian exhibit, and the featured Habsburg's exhibit are worth price of admission.
  • Stirling M.
    Stirling MorrisAugust 25, 2013
    Plan to be entranced and to stay for hours (oh, and don't forget to grab a map)
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅July 9, 2016
    This is so much fun !
  • 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
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammJanuary 18, 2015
    Nice free indoor option for those cold Minnesota days. Plus, great collection!
  • Niqui R.
    Niqui Rodger (ruiz)August 30, 2011
    It's free and it's a nice place to walk around on a day off. The sculpture garden is also right there.
  • Everything Everywhere
    Everything EverywhereAugust 16, 2011
    One of the best art museums in the United States. A hidden treasure in the Twin Cities!
  • Robin E.
    Robin EdmanApril 14, 2015
    Don't miss the China stuff. Well, it's pretty much pan-Asian. Also the colored glass.
  • 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!
  • David W.
    David WickAugust 4, 2012
    Take advantage of free wifi and free audio tours. Even for the special shows.
  • Meghan T.
    Meghan ToloSeptember 23, 2011
    No entrance fee and they have well-known artists, as well as some locals. I would recommend it.
  • Anastasia I.
    Anastasia IshchukNovember 5, 2016
    Gorgeous place and also absolutely free. Fantastic view from the big windows ❤️️
  • Arun D.
    Arun D'SouzaNovember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you go for Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh . Great Exhibit.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 24, 2011
    Voted Best Museum in 2010 by City Pages. General admission is always free, and special attractions often follow suit.
  • Emma B.
    Emma BauerApril 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the last week for Titian exhibit. The Museum Shop has a Green Dot Special going on right now. Receive up to 50% off Titian merchandise + 4sq Special.
  • Thomas
    ThomasJuly 25, 2015
    It's free and overwhelming in the best way. Demands multiple visits.
  • Lily M.
    Lily MitchellJuly 10, 2012
    It takes 3days and several hours to see everything and then go back to looking at favorites.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 17, 2011
    Voted Best Musuem in 2010 by City Pages. General admission is always free, and special attractions often follow suit.
  • DeJunked T.
    DeJunked The Art of Erik RitterMay 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the info desk and get a scavenger hunt. Free postcard for kids if they participate.
  • Nattapol P.
    Take the map. The place is much bigger than it looks from outside.
  • steve m.
    Nice collection of works of art of all styles
  • Mandy C.
    Mandy CoxNovember 5, 2015
    This is one of my favorite places in Mpls. We have so much beauty at our fingertips!
  • Teddy E.
    Teddy EisenbergOctober 22, 2015
    Free admission with recommended donation of $10.
  • Phong T.
    Phong TranOctober 23, 2011
    The water fountain by the Native American gallery tastes a little grassy.
  • Lauryn
    LaurynSeptember 1, 2012
    Bring your own headphones and take advantage of free audio tours using your smart phone.
  • Kanesha R.
    Kanesha RuizAugust 6, 2012
    Free admission always! Enjoy ancient art for hours
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew ForsbergNovember 5, 2010
    Great artwork with no parking fee OR admission fee? Amazing.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HammanAugust 26, 2012
    Rembrandt exhibit was awesome. A must see.
  • Cori W.
    Cori WilliamsonDecember 2, 2011
    If you check in using foursquare you get a discount at the gift shop!
  • Marty O.
    Marty O.February 15, 2015
    Asian art & the Habsburg's
  • Tom E.
    Tom ElwellJuly 15, 2016
    Japanese art, Indian art, free admission, Chinese art
  • Jerri L.
    Jerri LarsenJuly 5, 2013
    Love that it's free! Enjoyed it very much.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BivansJanuary 13, 2016
    Love it! Something for everyone
  • Rocki F.
    Rocki ForsethJune 9, 2010
    Go on the 3rd Thursday of the month, and get into the modern art area (1900-current) for free!! Normal 8 dollars a head.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CahillSeptember 12, 2015
    Best place on a cloudy, cold day!
  • Maarten v.
    Maarten van RanderaatApril 12, 2014
    All great places to visit!, only needs some more time.
  • Irena K.
    Irena KuyathJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you take a visitor survey, you can get $5 at the Museum Shop
  • Allen R.
    Allen RobertJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    For an afternoon date, go here! You learn a lot about art & each other.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HaleAugust 24, 2013
    a visit to the museum
  • Sean A.
    Sean AronsonNovember 21, 2009
    No chance to see the whole venue, but pay the $16 to see the Louvre exhibit and make sure you spend the $4 on the audio tour.
  • Bandana G.
    Bandana GargNovember 17, 2012
    Check out the Chinese Terracotta Warriors exhibit.... It is amazing...
  • Sam C.
    Sam CharlsonFebruary 23, 2012
    Every third Thursday is something new and fun!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 7, 2013
    City Pages Best Makeout Spot - 2013
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MorningstarJuly 21, 2010
    Ask for student promotions. I've gotten into the paid exhibits free on several occasions!
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 7, 2013
    City Pages Best Museum - 2013
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica ScottSeptember 1, 2010
    GREAT lunches and food here. Nice veggie options. :)
  • Alanna R.
    Alanna RiceAugust 4
    Free admission! Can't beat that!
  • A Sent One ..
    A Sent One .December 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by The Bugaboo since you're in the area.
  • Keith F.
    Keith FolkertNovember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Martin Luther exhibit worth seeing.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HaleAugust 26, 2014
    It's a pretty good size museum.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LowJanuary 6, 2014
    Can't wait for Art in Bloom in May!
  • Dot W.
    Dot WonderDecember 28, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice way to spend an afternoon. Loved some of the presentations put on by the archeology group
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SunnyJanuary 22, 2011
    Great place to get lost in for hours!
  • Android A.
    Android AndroidDecember 13, 2015
    Great exhibitions
  • Ellie K.
    Ellie KunkelDecember 29, 2011
    Edo Pop is great!
  • Rachel W.
    Love this place!
  • Joy W.
    Joy WAugust 13, 2014
    Check out family days!
  • Vanessa N.
    Vanessa NunesMarch 16, 2011
    There is free wi-fi! :)
  • ROAM
    ROAMJune 13, 2012
    great museum!
  • Chelsea H.
    Art, Sculpture
  • Philip D.
    Philip DoucetteFebruary 18, 2015
    So much goodness here
  • Stacy B.
    Stacy BondesonDecember 30, 2014
    Very educational.
  • Krissi L.
    Krissi LeroldOctober 25, 2011
    Double fishy means happiness :)
  • Melanie C.
    Melanie CasIdayJuly 28, 2010
    See the Until Now fast before it closes......be sure to see the Soundsuit!
  • Benjamin K.
    Benjamin KimblerSeptember 28, 2011
    Thursdays open until 9.
  • Dmitri L.
    Dmitri LitvinovNovember 14, 2010
    Target family days once a month, check web site
  • Melinda H.
    Melinda HerringAugust 2, 2015
    Jenny Holtzer
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JacobsApril 11, 2012
    It's free!
  • Naisan M.
    Naisan MadsonMarch 7, 2015
    Out with dad
  • Mad G.
    Mad GadaboutJuly 21, 2014
    Closed on Mondays. :(
  • Maureen C.
    Maureen CawlfieldAugust 11, 2009
    Can you say free and totally awesome? Be sure to check out a Third Thursday.
  • The T.
    The TangentialNovember 30, 2011
    NUDIE PICS
  • Chase S.
    Chase SFebruary 25, 2012
    Kinda boring
  • Kristen L.
    Kristen L.O.F.August 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    go to the MIA and find the cat Yoyo Meow!
  • Savannah P.
    The third floor has the most exciting exhibitions if you’re looking for modern & contemporary art.
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