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

Program Number: 19681RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/17/2014 - 6/22/2014; 8/12/2014 - 8/17/2014; 9/16/2014 - 9/21/2014; 5/12/2015 - 5/17/2015; 6/2/2015 - 6/7/2015; 6/23/2015 - 6/28/2015; 8/18/2015 - 8/23/2015; 9/22/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Price starting at: $1,289.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; Theater
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the best of Twin Cities’ architecture, art, theater, and music, led throughout by cultural experts. Discover an incredible range of art at the superb Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. At the renowned Guthrie Theater, go backstage and attend a performance. Discover award-winning architectural marvels such as the Weisman Art Museum, and attend a concert at one of the cities’ famed concert venues. Explore the City of Lakes by coach, walk its historical riverfront, and take a peek at Twin City St. Paul.




Highlights

• Go backstage at the architecturally intriguing Guthrie Theater and attend an outstanding performance.
• Explore masterpieces of world art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center.
• Discover hidden treasures at the lovely American Swedish Institute’s Turnblad Mansion and the historic Foshay Tower.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles. Standing up to one hour at museums. Mostly level terrain; some gravel garden paths.




Date Specific Information

6-17-2014

Performance: The Guthrie Theater’s WorldStage Series presents a production by the British International Touring Company, Out of Joint: “Our Country’s Good,” a British Restoration comedy directed by Max Stafford-Clark. Concert: Flying Forms (private Road Scholar only performance at the Baroque Room in St. Paul)
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8-12-2014

Guthrie Theater performance: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." Written by Christopher Durang and directed by Joel Sass, this fascinating comedy mixes characters and themes from Chekhov with hilarious and sometimes touching results. Concert: Flying Forms (private Road Scholar only performance at the Baroque Room in St. Paul.)
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9-16-2014

Guthrie Theater performance: "The Heidi Chronicles" written by Wendy Wasserstein and the 1986 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. This remarkable drama explores the changing role of women starting in the 1960's. Concert: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performance of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi at St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
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5-12-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "The Crucible" a powerful American drama written by Arthur Miller. Musical performance to be announced in November, 2014.
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6-2-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "Juno and the Paycock." A captivating story of the Boyle family living in the tenements of Dublin during the Irish Civil War, written by Sean O'Casey. Musical performance to be announced in November, 2014.
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6-23-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "Music Man." Meredith Wilson's clever and touching musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Musical performance to be announced in November, 2014.
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8-18-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "Music Man." Meredith Wilson's clever and touching musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Musical performance to be announced in May, 2015.
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9-22-2015, 10-6-2015

Guthrie Theater production to be announced in May, 2015. Musical performance to be announced in May, 2015.
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Minneapolis

The 24 lakes now contained within Minneapolis inspired Minnesota schoolmaster Charles Hoag to combine the Dakota word for water with the Greek word for city, resulting in today’s modern moniker. Once the global center of the timber milling industry, Minneapolis is the state’s largest city and adjoins twin city and Minnesota capital St. Paul.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in the heart of Minneapolis, easy access to downtown sites and activities.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Megan Vossler

Megan Vossler received her bachelor’s in studio arts from Brown University, and her master’s in visual studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her graphite drawings, mixed media pieces, and video works are exhibited nationwide, with recent shows at Franklin Art Works, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Soap Factory, and the Wooster Art Museum in Ohio. Megan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, and is an active member of the Twin Cities arts community.
 
Peter Sussman

Peter Sussman is an architect and a lifelong resident of Minneapolis. He has degrees from the University of Minnesota in architecture and urban studies. He has been actively involved throughout his career in researching, writing, speaking and leading tours on community history and quality of life. He currently serves on the community and arts boards including Preserve Minneapolis, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and the Edina Heritage Preservation Board. He has appeared in Twin Cities Public Television documentaries about parks, architecture, and the Walker Arts Center.
 
John S. Adams

Geography Professor Emeritus John S. Adams, has made the world—from Minneapolis neighborhoods to Eastern European cities—his classroom. Though he has extensive experience traveling and working internationally, the core of his research and teaching is the American city. His interest is in how cities are linked to regional, national, and international economies and how they marshal social, physical, and political forces to produce positive outcomes for the people who live in them. Though John has published more than 100 articles, books, and reports in his career, his greatest legacy takes form in the contributions his students are making in the public and private sectors. These students are having a positive impact in their communities by applying the principles learned in John’s classes –a distinctive blend of entrepreneurial spirit, competitive efficiency and corporate social responsibility. Cities are complex systems and through John’s knowledgeable lens we see deeper into our own.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
  Minneapolis, MN 5 nights
 Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM. Orientation is at 4:30 PM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 AM after breakfast and program wrap up. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the hotel at prevailing rate- currently $8 a night. Price is subject to change.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Minneapolis, MN
  Nearest city or town:  Minneapolis
  Nearest highway: I-94, I-394, I-35
  Nearest airport:  Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  From End of Program
  Location: Minneapolis, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MetroTransit Light Rail
phone: 612-373-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25 Prices are subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

22 minutes, plus 5 minutes walking 

   

Take the Blue Line (Hiawatha) from the airport to Government Plaza Station (located at 352 South 5th St). Walk three blocks (0.3 miles) southwest along 4th Ave to the hotel. You must pay for your ride before boarding the train. Visit www.metrotransit.org for more information.

 

Minneapolis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16 one way per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Time varies due to traffic and ride share 

   

Upon arrival, follow the signs to the lower level baggage claim and collect your luggage. For Terminal 1 arrivals, follow the signs for "Hotel Shuttles and Scheduled Vans" to the SuperShuttle ticket counter located in the center of the Ground Transportation Atrium. For Terminal 2 arrivals, use the ground-level crosswalk or second-level Skyway to proceed to the Ground Transportation Center, located directly across the street from Terminal 2. Visit www.supershuttle.com for more information.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 - $45 Price subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

   

Taxi service at the Lindbergh Terminal is accessible via the Tram Level. Signs direct passengers one level up to the cab starter booth, where airport staff will assist passengers in obtaining a taxi. At the Humphrey Terminal, taxi service is available at the Humphrey Ground Transport Center, which is located in the Humphrey Parking ramp on Level 1. A $6.50 fare will be displayed on the meter at the onset of your trip. This fee includes a $2.50 flag drop and a $4 airport access fee.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

The Greyhound bus station is located at 950 Hawthorne Ave in Minneapolis, less than 1 mile from the hotel. For information on fares and schedule, contact Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 or visit www.greyhound.com. Catch a taxi to the hotel.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes (could be more due to traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

10.5 miles

   

The Amtrak station, Union Depot, is located at 240 Kellogg Boulevard East in St. Paul. For more information on fares and schedules, contact Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com. Catch a taxi from the station to the hotel. One local taxi company is City Wide 651-489-1111.

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-35W headed South Follow I-35W South into Minneapolis Exit at Washington Ave Turn right onto Washington Ave Follow Washington Ave. forward to Portland Ave Turn left on Portland Ave Follow Portland Ave. forward to 9th St Turn right onto 9th St Go 1-1/2 blocks Turn right into hotel parking lot
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-35W heading North Follow sign for 'Downtown Exits' Take 5th Ave exit At second light (9th St) turn left The hotel entrance is immediately to the right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-394 heading East Take 12th St exit Turn left onto 3rd Ave Turn right onto 10th St Turn left onto 5th Ave Turn left onto 9th St The hotel entrance is immediately to the right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-94 heading East Take 4th St N exit Turn right onto Portland Ave Turn right onto 9th St The hotel parking lot will be 1.5 blocks on your right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-94 heading West Take the Fifth Street Exit Turn left onto Portland Ave Turn right onto 9th St The hotel parking lot will be 1.5 blocks on your right
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome/Orientation/Speaker: Art in the City
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration is from 4:00 - 4:30 PM, followed by orientation beginning at 4:30 PM.
 Dinner: Get acquainted with your fellow scholars at this evening's delightful meal at the Normandy Kitchen, known throughout the city for its fine food. Enjoy their celebrated "popovers!"
 Evening: Explore the "arts explosion" in Minneapolis with our art expert as she prepares us for our upcoming art adventure tomorrow, and as we begin to delve into the the breadth of the arts, theater and music that makes the Cities a cultural mecca.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Speaker- Historical Minneapolis/City of Lakes Via Motor Coach/Treasures of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel.
 Morning: Our expert, a former University Minnesota professor and author, guides us through a stimulating overview of historical Minneapolis, preparing us for further discovery in our upcoming "City of Lakes" field trip.

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 Rainbow Chinese, 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.

Time on your own then to explore Chinese bronzes, Rembrandts, El Grecos, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall or Egyptian mummies.

 Dinner: Delightful dinner in the lovely ambience of Atlas Grill. Perhaps you'll choose to test out "walleye," a Midwest favorite!
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Speaker-Minneapolis Music/Sculpture Garden/Walker Art Center/American Swedish Institute
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Learn about the Twin Cities' diversity of musical scene from our musical expert.

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: Enjoy lunch at the American Swedish Institute.
 Afternoon: 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.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Guthrie Theater Experience - Backstage/Architecture/History/and Performance
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A Minneapolis theater experience awaits you today at the stunning Guthrie Theater! Guided by an expert, learn the Guthrie Story. Why did Sir Tyrone Guthrie chose Minneapolis above all other cities to build his grand theater?

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 Guthrie Theater. Tonight you will be captivated by 'Our Country's Good', a moving historical drama about the power of theater. Website: www.guthrietheater.org
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Riverfront Walk/ Weisman Museum/ Foshay Tower/Highlights of St Paul/ Musical Performance
(Saturday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Four gems to explore today before our evening musical performance. Historical Minneapolis captures your imagination this morning on our refreshing and informative Riverfront Walk, guided by our expert.

Depart by bus then to learn about Frank Gehry's remarkable design of the architectural marvel, the Weisman Art Museum, and view the exciting new addition just completed in 2011 guided by our docent.

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.

 Dinner: Dinner at a local favorite restaurant, Woodfire Grill.
 Evening: Enjoy an impressive musical performance put on Flying Forms at the Baroque Room.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap Up/Independent Departures
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Program wrap up and discussion followed by independent departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Minneapolis, MN American Swedish Institute
In 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 & Conservatory
The 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 Theater
While 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 House
Completed 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 Garden
Showcasing 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 America
As 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 Arts
In 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 & Recreation
Minneapolis 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 Garden
The 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 Center
The 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 Arboretum
The 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 Cruises
Paradise 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 Center
Formally 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 Museum
Housed 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul


Author: Larry Millett


Back to the Cabin


Author: Dale Mulfinger


Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook (1950)


Author: Betty Crocker


Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians


Author: Anton Treuer


Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District


Author: Karen Melvin


Leaving Rollingstone


Author: Kevin Fenton


Main Street


Author: Sinclair Lewis


Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront


Author: Penny Petersen


Minnesota's 20th Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People


Author: D.J. Tice and Richard Olsenius


Minnesota’s 20th Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People


Author: D.J. Tice and Richard Olsenius


Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines


Author: Jack El Hai


O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound


Author: Garrison Keillor


Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel


Author: Garrison Keillor


Rez Life


Author: David Treuer


St. Paul Union Depot


Author: John Diers


Staggerford


Author: Jon Hassler


Storm Front


Author: John Sandford


Tamarack County


Author: William Kent Krueger


The Florist's Daughter


Author: Patricia Hampl


The Great Gatsby


Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald


The North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader


Author: Anne Aby, ed.


Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age


Author: Coco Irvine


Vacationland


Author: Sarah Stonich




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