Set off on our field trip around the Chain of Lakes aboard our motor coach. Your expert guide unravels further aspects of city history and local lore as you view this unique "City of Lakes" - 22 lakes within its boundaries and all in a "green urban environment!"
Lunch: Lunch at Elsies, a local favorite eatery.Afternoon: Off to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with over 80,000 works of art spanning more than 5,000 years of world art and culture...an art lover's paradise! Expert art docents guide you on a custom-designed exploration of this major collection of arts from around the world.
Then some time on your own to explore MIA treasures: Chinese bronzes, Rembrandts, El Grecos, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall or Egyptian mummies... Where to start?Dinner: Delightful dinner in the lovely ambience of the Atlas Grill. Perhaps you'll choose to test out "walleye," a Midwest favorite!Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then on to explore the largest urban sculpture garden in the United States. Stroll its 11 acres, guided by your expert. Enjoy over 40 sculptures including Frank Gehry's "Standing Fish," and the Minneapolis iconic sculpture "Spoonbridge and Cherry."
The Walker Art Center, known as one of the best contemporary art museums in the U.S., welcomes us later this morning as we study its unique architectural design as well as view its famous art collection within.
Lunch: Lunch at Walker Art CenterAfternoon: Explore the Swedish heritage of the Twin Cities as you walk back in time at the magnificent Turnblad Mansion, former home to Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad, and today home to the American Swedish Institute. This historic house, museum and cultural center, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, celebrates Swedish, Swedish-American and Nordic culture.
Completed in 1908, this French Chateauesque-style mansion, with its intricate stone carvings, steeply pitched roofs, gargoyles, and turrets lend it a castle-like appearance. History comes alive as our expert guides you through it's beautiful blend of period rooms and exhibit galleries showcasing art and artifacts from the Institute's vast permanent collection.
Return to the hotel and then free time follows. The rest of the afternoon and evening is open for you to explore this marvelous city.
American Swedish Institute Website: www.asimn.org
Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare.Evening: Evening free to check out your special interests in this lovely city.Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Go backstage to view its state-of-the-art costume and scene shops to understand how the Guthrie has taken stagecraft to a new level.
Discover the architectural mastery of Jean Nouvel, French architect of the Guthrie, and winner of the 2008 Pritzker Award, the world's most prestigious architectural prize for his brilliant design of the Guthrie. Cantilevered endless bridge, twilight blue metal facade, two story-high images from Guthrie plays screen-printed onto steel panels- all exclaim a fascinating artistry.
Guthrie website: www.guthrietheater.org/
Lunch: Lunch at Sea Change, the fine dining restaurant located within the Guthrie.Afternoon: Our Guthrie expert prepares you through lecture and discussion for your upcoming evening performance.Dinner: Enjoy some the the fine ethnic cuisine found bountifully in the Twin Cities, at Christos.Evening: Enjoy an outstanding performance at the renowned Guthrie Theater. Performance is Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, directed by Joe Dowling.
Website: www.guthrietheater.orgLodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Then spend a bit of time exploring the Mill City outdoor market.
Depart by bus then to learn about Frank Gehry's remarkable design of the architectural marvel, the Weisman Art Museum, and enjoy a docent-led tour focusing on it's unique architecture. View the exciting new addition just completed in 2011.
Weisman website: weisman.umn.edu/
Lunch: Lunch on your own as we stop at Nicollet Mall where you'll find options galore.Afternoon: Top off the afternoon and your understanding of the expansive growth of the city, as we go back to one of the first "skyscraper" landmarks in Minneapolis. At the top of the Foshay Tower the history of the city unfolds before you in an unparalleled comparison of Minneapolis past and present.
Then we'll take a short hop over to St. Paul where we'll take a guided field trip of some of the special treasures of this Twin City, guided by our expert.Dinner: Dinner at a local favorite restaurant.Evening: Road Scholars will attend a classical music concert by Flying Forms at the Baroque Room in St. Paul.Lodging: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & SuitesMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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