Free excursions throughout the city

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Minneapolis Institute of Art

It could take weeks to see everything MIA has to offer. It’s one of the best places for quiet moments and learning through art. Exhibitions are always changing and depict an assortment of history form Colonial America to 1700’s England and a vast collection of Chinese exhibits.

new.artsmia.org

2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Thursday – Friday: 10 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Open everyday of the year and with free public parking, this is the perfect place to take in the sights of animals and explore all the rooms in the conservatory. Spend an afternoon in July with the penguins or a rainy morning in March exploring the sunken gardens.

comozooconservatory.org

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103

10 am – 6 pm 7 days a week

Minnesota State Capital

Take a free guided tour through the walls that hold the governing bodies of our state. Find out facts of the architecture and seeing the chambers where decisions are made.

mnhs.org/capitol

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm

Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

Cathedral of St. Paul

Cruise around the other St. Paul landmark of marble and take in the saintly workings of the Catholic religion in our city.

There are guided tours Tuesday through Friday at 1pm.

cathedralsaintpaul.org

239 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102

Monday – Friday: 7 am – 6 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 6 pm

Weisman Art Museum

A teaching museum on the University of Minnesota campus, the whole building is stainless steel and brick. Meant to educate, spend a whole afternoon exploring the exhibits. Enjoy a tour every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm.

wam.umn.edu

333 E River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Monday: Closed

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am – 5 pm

Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Weekly Free Bits:

Acme Comedy Club

Open Mic night every Monday at 8pm

acmecomedycompany.com

708 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Comedy Corner Underground

Open Mic night every Friday at 10:15pm

comedycornerunderground.com

1501 Washington Avenue S # 100, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Walker Art Center

Free admission every Thursday Night from 5 pm – 9pm

Free admission on the first Saturday of the month

Youth get free admission everyday

Free Events:

Art-a-whirl

Art-A-Whirl takes place every year at the end of May throughout Northeast Minneapolis Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), this is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis and gives you a chance to tour private galleries and purchase original artwork while connecting with specific artists.

Pick up an Artist Directory and Guide through their website to get all the info about artist locations and galleries.

nemaa.org/art-a-whirl

Friday, May 19th: 5 -10 pm

Saturday,  May 20th: Noon – 8 pm

Sunday, May 21st: Noon – 5 pm

Northern Spark

Northern Spark is an annual event that is being held along the Green Line this year that showcases artist and their work within a larger platform and takes place from dusk until dawn. Pack a dinner and breakfast and frolic around the city all night while speaking with artists and purchasing original work.

2017.northernspark.org

June 10th: 8:59 pm – 5:26 am

All along the Green Line

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