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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Explore 5,000 years of cultural traditions in one of the most prestigious galleries in Minneapolis, with free permanent exhibits.

A favorite cultural attraction for visitors and locals alike, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) welcomes about half a million people to its halls each year. The architecturally impressive building houses more than 80,000 objects representing 5,000 years of history.

From porcelain and pottery to traditional African hunting tunics and paintings by greats such as John Singer Sargent, the MIA’s artistic treasures are diverse and numerous. It can be a challenge to take it all in if you have limited time, so pick up a guide from the Information Center on the first floor, or download a map from the website before your visit. Head straight to the best works of art, such as Gustave Courbet’s Deer in a Forest, one of the museum’s earliest acquisitions. You’ll also find works from European masters, including Rembrandt, Titian and Monet.

The celebrated Asian Art collection is also one not to miss. This collection covers thousands of years of dynasties and cultures and shows remarkable craftsmanship. Check out the two Japanese installation rooms: A formal audience hall (shoin) and a teahouse (chashitsu). Admire the 1,000-year-old wooden horse and rider from Djenne in the African galleries, as well as the 3,000-year-old Olmec jade mask in the Native American galleries.

The subsidized Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers free entry into the museum’s permanent collection. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, which includes an audio tour for your mobile device. Free live tours are also offered daily, with no reservation required. The MIA has a shop and a variety of restaurants and cafés.

The MIA is near downtown Minneapolis. It’s closed Mondays and on some major public holidays. There is a small fee to park on site. You can catch a Metro Transit bus from downtown. It takes about 10 minutes and stops a couple of blocks away.


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Hyatt Regency Minneapolis $84
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis Convention Center and State Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 15 minutes.

    Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown $97
    Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

    Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

    425 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Center, and Mill City Museum. Orpheum Theatre and Guthrie Theater are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 10 minutes.

      Millennium Minneapolis $84
      Millennium Minneapolis

      Millennium Minneapolis

      1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis Convention Center and State Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 15 minutes.

        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis $99
        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis

        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis

        615 Second Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Target Center, and Nicollet Mall. Skyway Theatre and State Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is only a 4-minute walk and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 7 minutes.

          Hilton Minneapolis $99
          Hilton Minneapolis

          Hilton Minneapolis

          1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is steps from Minnesota Orchestra Hall and Nicollet Mall. Orpheum Theatre and State Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 9 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 11 minutes.

            Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites $88
            Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

            Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites

            405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and State Theatre. U.S. Bank Stadium and Skyway Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 9 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 11 minutes.

              Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown $99
              Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown

              Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown

              1101 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Minnesota Orchestra Hall and Nicollet Mall. Orpheum Theatre and State Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 15 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 15 minutes.

                Minnestay Wedge 24 Walk to Eat Street MIA Downtown Cafes Bars Uptown
                Minnestay Wedge 24 Walk to Eat Street MIA Downtown Cafes Bars Uptown

                Minnestay Wedge 24 Walk to Eat Street MIA Downtown Cafes Bars Uptown

                Minneapolis, MN
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Walker Art Center. Minneapolis Convention Center and Target Field are also within 2 mi (3 km).