This is one of our favorite things to do with friends who visit Minneapolis, or who've never done much downtown. There's a nice little museum on the top floor, which explains the fascinating history of this building, which was finished in 1929, right before the market crash and the Great Depression. For quite a while, this was the only tall building West of the Mississippi River, and the tallest in Minneapolis. There are old, black and white photos of the Foshay Tower standing alone with NOTHING to rival it. Now it is dwarfed by many taller buildings. And yet, from the top, the view is still incredible. The entrance/lobby to the "W" hotel (called the W Living Room) has great character. It's a nice place to get a cocktail.
Note: Pay at the W Hotel lobby to go up to the museum and observation deck. There is a discount for groups of more than 4 (remember to ask, they didn't remind us). Kids love this, but it's a romantic spot for adults at night with the city all lit up. Seeing it in the day vs. the night are two very different experiences.
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