Art and Galleries
The Minneapolis art scene has never felt more alive. From spruced-up riverside warehouses to grand civic collections, the city takes great pride in the boom it’s been nurturing in its creative industries. And here are some of the best galleries and museums that showcase our thriving art scene.
Walker Art Centre
A self-styled catalyst for the Twin Cities’ creative endeavors, the Walker’s been promoting modern art and artists for more than 70 years, and it’s still as vital and vibrant as ever. Focusing on visual, performing and media arts, the Walker pokes and prods at the big questions using the lightest of touches. When you’re done, walk on over to the iconic sculpture garden.
Mill City Museum
Recycling doesn’t get more vital than this former flour-mill-turned industrial heritage museum that vividly showcases how flour, water (aka, the river) and ingenuity brought the city to life. Regular exhibitions of local artists animate this huge space.
Northrup King Building
Despite its name, Northrup King is actually a collection of 10 buildings that compose an unconventional artists’ co-op with more than 200 creators. If you’ve ever been to a museum and wished you could ask the artist a question, this contemporary makerspace has your name all over it. Drop in to see which artists are in, or stop by on the first Thursday of the month when all the studios are open.
Soap Factory is less of an art gallery and more of an art laboratory. Here, up-and-coming creatives are able to curate experimental exhibitions and create truly cutting-edge works that are impressive, performative and provocative.