Road Scholar educational adventures are created by Elderhostel,
the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.


Call (800) 454-5768

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET


Create an account                             Forgot your password?

or Log In via Facebook

Log in to see all you can do with your online Road Scholar account.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

Signature City Minneapolis: Great Art, Architecture, Theatre and Music

Select a Date

 

SIGN UP

and receive your

FREE E-NEWSLETTER

&

E-Photo Book:



Top 10 Learning Experiences Around the World

Find A Program

Search By:

Location

MN

Interest

Signature Cities

Price Range

$1000 - $1500

Start Date

End Date

More Options


Road Scholar
Program #19681RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Aug 18 — Aug 23, 2015

Expand all
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/

Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include satellite TV with HBO, free wireless Internet, free local calls under 30 minutes, radio alarm clock, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary water.

Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, August 18 - Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Ori...
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Twin Cities “Arts Explosion”

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The Road Scholar table will be staffed from 4:00 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: Following registration, our Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We will also take a few minutes to select our lunch menu for the Day 4 field trip to the Guthrie Theater.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: .At the hotel’s Normandy Kitchen restaurant, enjoy a plated dinner including a salad, entrée, side dish, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At the hotel, an arts expert will join for an overview the Twin Cities’ “Arts Explosion” that has made Minneapolis-St. Paul a cultural mecca.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/

Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include satellite TV with HBO, free wireless Internet, free local calls under 30 minutes, radio alarm clock, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary water.

Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, August 19 - Historical Minneapolis / City of Lakes Field Trip...
Historical Minneapolis / City of Lakes Field Trip / Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Breakfast: At our hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a revolving choice of scrambled eggs or oatmeal along with breads, yogurt, fruit, and cereal, plus coffee, tea, milk, juice, and water.

Morning: We’ll meet today’s local expert, a former University Minnesota professor and author, who will lead a stimulating discussion of historical Minneapolis, to set the stage for our "City of Lakes" field trip.

Then, with by our expert, we’ll hop aboard our motorcoach for first-hand insights into the city’s history and local lore. There are 22 lakes within the city limits, making Minneapolis a truly "green” urban environment.

Lunch: At a favorite local eatery, we’ll choose from a select menu of soup, salad, entrée, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll hop back on our coach for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and its vast collection spanning 5,000 years of world art and culture...an art lover's paradise. Expert art docents will take us on a custom-designed exploration of the Institute’s major collections, followed by time on your own to explore Chinese bronzes, Rembrandts, El Grecos, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall, and Egyptian mummies. There are 80,000 works of art at the Institute, so you won’t run out of things to see.

We return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/

Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include satellite TV with HBO, free wireless Internet, free local calls under 30 minutes, radio alarm clock, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary water.

Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, August 20 - The Musical Scene / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden ...
The Musical Scene / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden / Walker Art Center / American Swedish Institute

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A musical expert will join us after breakfast for a presentation about the Twin Cities' diverse musical scene, beginning with Native American rhythms, and continuing with the folk music of French, Celtic, German, Scandinavian, and other European settlers. In modern times, the Andrews Sisters and Bob Dylan started their careers here.

Then take a motorcoach to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, largest urban sculpture garden in the U.S.. and stroll through its 11 acres and more than 40 works with a local expert. You’ll see Frank Gehry's "Standing Fish," the Minneapolis iconic sculpture "Spoonbridge and Cherry," and other delights.

Across the street is the Walker Art Center, known as one of the best contemporary art museums in the United States. We’ll go inside with a museum docent to study its unique architectural design and world-famous art collection. Then we’ll hop on our motorcoach for a short drive to the American Swedish Institute.

Lunch: At the American Swedish Institute, enjoy with a smörgåsbord buffet of traditional Swedish dishes, plus soft drinks and water.

Afternoon: With our expert historian, we’ll go back in time at the Institute’s magnificent 1908 French Chateau-style Turnblad Mansion, former home to Swedish immigrant and newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic house, museum and cultural center celebrates Swedish, Swedish-American, and Nordic culture. With its intricate stone carvings, steeply pitched roofs, gargoyles, and turrets, the mansion’s exterior resembles a castle. Inside, history comes alive as our expert takes us through its beautiful blend of period rooms and exhibit galleries showcasing art and artifacts selected from the Institute's vast permanent collection.

Returning to the hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the afternoon free to relax or explore on your own.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/

Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include satellite TV with HBO, free wireless Internet, free local calls under 30 minutes, radio alarm clock, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary water.

Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, August 21 - Guthrie Theater Field Trip / Preview of Tonight’s...
Guthrie Theater Field Trip / Preview of Tonight’s Play / Theater Performance

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take our motorcoach to the beautiful Guthrie Theater, where a dramatic theater experience awaits. A local expert will begin our day with the story of Sir Tyrone Guthrie himself. Why did he choose to build his grand theater in Minneapolis above all other cities? Then, we’ll head backstage to the theater’s state-of-the-art costume and scene shops, to see for ourselves how the Guthrie has taken stagecraft to a new level. As we walk, our expert will point out the architectural mastery the theater, which won the 2008 Pritzker Award (the world's most prestigious architectural prize) for its brilliant design. Its cantilevered endless bridge, twilight blue metal facade, and two-story-high steel panels with images from previous Guthrie performances all exclaim a fascinating artistry.

Lunch: At Sea Change, the fine dining restaurant within the Guthrie, we’ll enjoy the meals we selected during orientation. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll continue at the Guthrie as our expert prepares us for this evening’s performance with a thorough discussion about how the play, actors, and stagecraft create a sum greater than any single part.

Dinner: At the well-known Christos Restaurant, we’ll experience the fine ethnic cuisine of the Twin Cities with your choice of several 3-course Greek specialties, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Performance at the Guthrie. Scheduled for tonight is “The Crucible” (1953), a powerful drama by Arthur Miller, inspired by events from the Salem Witch Trials and a stinging indictment of McCarthyism. Miller won the Tony Award and the play has become an American theater classic.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.

Contact info:
405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/

Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include satellite TV with HBO, free wireless Internet, free local calls under 30 minutes, radio alarm clock, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and complimentary water.

Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call hotel for rates
To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, August 22 - Riverfront Walk / Weisman Art Museum / Foshay Tow...
Riverfront Walk / Weisman Art Museum / Foshay Tower / Treasures of St Paul / Musical Performance

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We have four gems to explore today before our evening musical performance. First, our local expert will take us on a refreshing and informative Riverfront Walk, where we’ll learn more about the city’s architecture and history. Then, we’ll take a bus to the Weisman Art Museum, housed in Frank Gehry's 1993 architectural marvel. With a docent, we’ll view the exciting new addition, just completed in 2011.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. We’ll be at the Nicollet Mall, where you'll have options galore.

Afternoon: We’ll take a short walk to Foshay Tower and “top off” the afternoon and our understanding of the expansive growth of Minneapolis at one of the city’s first skyscrapers. From the top of the tower, history unfolds before us with an unparalleled comparison of Minneapolis past and present.

Then we'll take our motorcoach to St. Paul, where a local expert will introduce us to some of the special treasures of the other Twin City.

Dinner: At the Downtowner Woodfire Grill in St. Paul, enjoy a plated dinner from a select menu including salad, entrée, and dessert, plus tea, coffee, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Concert Performance. As this program was planned far in advance, details of the performance we will attend were not available at the time of publication. Specifics will be noted on our website and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Sunday, August 23 - Wrap-Up Discussion / Program Concludes
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our Group Leader will host a wrap-up discussion to review all we have experienced and learned in the Twin Cities. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Minneapolis, MN
American Swedish InstituteIn 1908, the Turnblads—a Swedish immigrant family—completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis’ Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the museum and cultural center that would become the American Swedish Institute.

Today, the American Swedish Institute, housed in the Turnblad Mansion, is a place to learn about and experience Swedish, Swedish-American, and Nordic culture, learn about the role of Swedish and other immigrants in Minnesota’s history, and share stories and experiences.

Information from www.americanswedishinst.org. For additional information call 612-871-4907 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.americanswedishinst.org

Como Park Zoo & ConservatoryThe Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.comozooconservatory.org
Guthrie TheaterWhile the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. What began as a summer season of four productions supported by a minimal staff is now a complex organization employing more than 900 people per year. As the Guthrie entered the millennium, plans began to build a new multistage theater center on the banks of the Mississippi River. It opened June 25, 2006, and the complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. Information from www.guthrietheater.org. For additional information call 612-225-6000 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.guthrietheater.org
James J. Hill HouseCompleted in 1891, the James J. Hill House, in St. Paul, was the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It contained 36,000 square feet on five floors including 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 crystal chandeliers, a two-story skylit art gallery, a 100-foot reception hall, and a profusion of elaborately carved oak and mahogany woodwork. Sophisticated technical systems throughout the mansion provided central heating, gas and electric lighting, plumbing, ventilation, security, and communication. Information from www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/. For additional information call 651-297-2555 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/
Lyndale Park Rose GardenShowcasing 3,000 plants in 100 different varieties, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the United States. Located near the northeast corner of Lake Harriet, the 1.5 acre garden was designated an official All America Rose Selections (AARS) test rose garden in 1946. Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org
Mall of AmericaAs one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest theme park. Plus, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota! Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mallofamerica.com
Minneapolis Institute of ArtsIn 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement. The MIA's permanent collection has grown from eight hundred works of art to around eighty thousand objects. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles. Information from www.artsmia.org. For additional information call 612-870-3131 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.artsmia.org
Minneapolis Park & RecreationMinneapolis Park and Recreation is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water. Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.minneapolisparks.org
Minneapolis Sculpture GardenThe Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of Minnesota's crown jewels and its centerpiece, the Spoonbridge and Cherry, has become a Minnesota icon. The Sculpture Garden is essentially a free museum in a park, uniting two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. Information from garden.walkerart.org. For additional information, call 612-375-7600 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: garden.walkerart.org
Minnesota History CenterThe Minnesota History Center houses a museum, library, classrooms, conference rooms, an auditorium, two museum stores and the renowned Café Minnesota. The museum’s innovative, interactive exhibits showcase the collections. Visitors can climb aboard a 24-ton box car or experience the extremes of Minnesota weather in a multimedia show that recreates the power of a tornado. Information from www.mnhs.org/historycenter. For additional information call 651-296-3000 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.mnhs.org/historycenter
Minnesota Landscape ArboretumThe Arboretum, in Chanhassen, features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Information from www.arboretum.umn.edu. For additional information call 952-443-1400 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.arboretum.umn.edu
Paradise CruisesParadise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen offer sightseeing cruises, scenic tours and private charters on Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Take a narrated sightseeing cruise on the historic Minneapolis Queen Paddleboat, a 100' modern day replica of the grand riverboats that used to ply the Mississippi River. Information from www.twincitiescruises.com. For additional information call 888-559-8058 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.twincitiescruises.com
Walker Art CenterFormally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center became the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum’s focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and others. Today the Walker Art Center ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States. Information from www.walkerart.org. For additional information call 612-375-7600 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.walkerart.org
Weisman Art MuseumHoused in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum’s collection features early twentieth-century American artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. Information provided by www.weisman.umn.edu. For additional information call 612-625-9494 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.weisman.umn.edu

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Performances

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

Support Lifelong Learning

Our educational adventures are made possible by donors like you

Please support lifelong learning here

Free Catalog | Refer a Friend | Gift Certificates | Press | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Careers | Contact Us

© Elderhostel, Inc. 2014
11 Avenue de Lafayette | Boston MA 02111 | Toll-Free 1-800-454-5768