Minneapolis is a large metropolis where visitors can visit historical centers, view artworks of all kinds, partake of new and old cuisines, shop for all kinds of wares, see many different varieties of entertainment or sports or just sit and sun on a beach of one of the many lakes in the area.
One of the best museums in Minneapolis is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with over 80000 pieces of art completed over a 5000 year period. Built in 1915, the edifice is a neoclassical work of art itself with large stone pillars and grand staircases. Exhibitions include African and American art, contemporary and decorative arts, sculptures, Asian art, textiles, photography, prints, drawings and paintings of all kinds.
The Washburn A Mill, built in 1874, was destroyed with a flour explosion that also destroyed most of the riverfront businesses. The flour mill rebuilt in 1880 with steel rollers instead of mill stones making it much safer, yet it shut down in 1965. The building burned in 1991 leaving only a few walls standing and The Mill City Museum was built right into these ruins. It houses artifacts not only from the milling industry, but from the history of the region. The museum is very hands-on and is enjoyed by the youngest to the oldest member of the family
Historic Fort Snelling was a 19th century outpost situated where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers join. Guides dress in period costume and show visitors what life was like when the fort was active. The fort served for over 120 years and has a national cemetery where 180,000 armed forces personnel are laid to rest.
Enjoy nature at its finest at the Chain of Lakes encompassing five lakes with gardens, a bird sanctuary, beaches, water sports, picnicking, hiking and even a nude beach. Ride a streetcar, attend a concert at the band shell, go ice skating or swim. Rent a boat or canoe or take a bike ride around one of the lakes. The Uptown area with interesting shops, spas, restaurants, bars and clubs is nearby and provides an interesting shopping experience.
Minnehaha Park has a 53-foot tall waterfall that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made famous in his poem, The Song of Hiawatha. It offers a wading pool, bike rentals, outdoor concerts and a seafood restaurant. A small scale replica of Longfellow’s house in Cambridge, MA houses administrative offices for the park.
Minneapolis holds many attractions for visitors that take them back in time, allow them to enjoy nature or to just be entertained.