Minneapolis is a progressive city with a dynamic vibe and a whirlwind of creative energy. You'll find all the attractions, events and excitement of a major metropolitan area without any of the hassles. Compact, easy-to-navigate and affordable, you'll squeeze a lot into your visit.

           Nearly 40,000 people live in downtown Minneapolis, ensuring that it's alive around the clock. Take it all in: Amazing theater, word-class museums and cultural opportunities at every turn. The variety of what Minneapolis has to offer is sure to astonish you. 

        The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the greatest sculpture gardens in America. Admission is free and blockbuster pieces, such as Claes Oldenburg's famous Spoonbridge and Cherry-the Cherry in the Spoon to locals-are on ready display. From weddings, to prom photos, to picnics, the Sculpture Garden is a great place to mingle, relax, celebrate, find some sun, and appreciate modern sculpture.

        The Walker Art Center was established in 1927 and was the first of its kind in the upper Midwest.  In the 1940s the main focus of the museum was modern art, but by 1960 the push towards contemporary artistic development was being felt. During the decades that followed, the Walker also began developing the performing arts and film.  Today it is known internationally as the best multidisciplinary museum in the world.  

          The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is the place to start if you're looking for great ark in Minnesota. The museum holds an amazing collection; it has everything from African bronze figures to Van Gogh, from Greek sculpture to Chuck Close. The building itself stands as a testament to architectural history; premeir twentieth-century firm McKim, Mead and White designed the original structure; Japenese architect Kenzo Tange designed an addition in the 1970s; the most recent addition, which opened in 2006, was designed by Michael Graves. Best of all: admission is always free.

            The Minnesota Orchestra, located at Orchestra Hall downtown, was first founded in 1903.  It is known for its community support, musical innovation and artistic leadership.  It is one of only two world-class orchestras located in U.S. metro areas.

              The Guthrie Theater recently moved into its new, Jean Nouvel-designed location on the banks of the Mississippi. GQ called the building "a jaw-dropping feat of engineering and architectural chutzpah." Featuring dramatic river views, a spectacular endless bridge and two celebrated restaurants, the theater is one of Minneapolis's most prized attractions. The performances and players at the Guthrie recieve numerous accolades every year and the theater is considered one of the best in the nation. 

          The Children's Theatre, another performance gem, is connected to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Design darling Michael Graves conceived the expansion of this Tony Award-winning theater. The centerpiece is the dazzling Cargill stage, dedicated to shows for preschoolers and teens.

        The city also has many great, local-vibe music venues, including First Avenue, the Fine Line Music Cafe, the Cedar Cultural Center and the Triple Rock, along with more blockbuster stages in the Target Center, the State Theater, the Pantages Theater and the Orpheum.