Museums and Attractions in Minnesota
No longer staid repositories to protect items from the past, Minnesota’s museums are evolving fast-forward into all-ages social beehives. Updated May. 5, 2013
Minnesota’s 500-plus museums have lots of rare and pricey things. They also have homegrown items that speak to the state’s unique geography, visionary ambition and rich cultural heritage. Here’s a sample of their treasures.
Edward Hopper’s mysterious “Office at Night” now has its own novella, thanks to two authors, the Walker Art Center and Coffee House Press.
A rare Renaissance-era bust that was among many great works of art bought or looted by the Nazis has joined the Minneapolis Institute of Arts collection, in time for the anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II.
As Minnesota schools struggle to do more with less, institutions are coming to the rescue.
We think of our museums as rest homes for old treasures, but some are also making new discoveries and improving the environment not only in Minnesota, but around the world.
Curators are often a hybrid of exacting clinicians and mother hens when overseeing collections. But to keep museum visitors coming back, curators must always look for fresh ways to present and expand their holdings. Here are four Twin Cities curators doing just that.
To encourage new and returning visitors, this month brings a new app, discounts and special programs.
A restaurant can complement a museum’s vision while bringing in fresh faces — as the American Swedish Institute learned with its sizzling new cafe.
Museum volunteers like Richard Johnson play a crucial role. Without their unpaid efforts, it’s safe to say, many museums would not survive.
Here’s a sampling from attractions around the state. For a full guide, see www.museumsmonth.org.
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Updated Mar. 24, 2014