Minneapolis Institute of Art

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2400 3rd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Minneapolis Institute of Art Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Nice place to see some art Sep 25, 2015
Located south of downtown, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is located next to the Minneapolis International Hostel. Getting there from downtown, you would have to get on the #17 or #18 bus near the Government Plaza Light Rail stop. Get off at 24th Street, and walk a couple blocks to the left, until you see the museum building.

Admission is free, as this museum does have an art collection from around the world, from different time periods. That would include Asia, Africa, Europe, and of course, the Americas. There is even a more locally focused sections on Minnesota artists, which are worth a look. Also worth checking out, is the Prairie School, which I think, is Midwestern art. And even some that is really unusual, like one on the culinary thought process.

There are some ancient art on display, but not as extensive as some of the others that I have been to. And only 1 Egyptian coffin, and that’s it! For someone who likes Egyptian artifacts, that can be really disappointing.

The museum is open late on Thursdays and Fridays, so definitely worth considering if needing to do something at night. And while it can be a nice option when the weather is not nice outside, getting there can be an issue, being out of the way from everything else. Not sure if I would try to visit this place during a Minnesota winter.

A good place to visit and spend time in, but if you are not into this kind of thing, then maybe not really worth going out of your way to visit this place.

NOTE - Like I did in the blog, I just captioned the photos of things by name only, and in relation where it came from.
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nyprne says:
Very informative
Posted on: May 19, 2016
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I'd go when I'm in the area ...
Posted on: Apr 27, 2016
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petrarchanprincess petrarch…
36 reviews
Apr 18, 2007
Whoever comes to Minneapolis HAS to check out the MIA. It has amazing collections ranging from African art to European paintings to Japanese Jade carvings. Granted, the pieces aren't all the 100% top quality Monets you're going to find in big cities like New York or Chicago, but it's still really great stuff. Additionally, I think that if you enjoy art, these...lesser quality works allow you to look into the context of the time and see what the artist is really trying to say rather than only paying attention to the technique. What I really LOVE right now is one of their new exhibitions of two local Native American artists. The exhibit is called 'New Skins' and at the very least you should check out their work on the website if you can't come in person. Andrea Carlson's stuff is great and Jim's work is just so satirical it's fantastic. Oh and did I mention the MIA is FREE! That's what's so great about it. But, it's not open on Mondays. Also, if you check the website, you can find out when additional things are going on, like conversations with the artist or special presentations. I like this museum better than the Walker, beause it has such a variety of contemporary, modern and traditional art. There is something from almost every area of the world and every time period...oh and you have to PAY for the Walker so it's double awesome.

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