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| Minneapolis, MN
Basilica of St. Mary
The Basilica of Saint Mary – America’s first Basilica – is a stunning, sacred place designed in Beaux Arts style by French architect Emmanuel Masqueray. But The Basilica is more than an important architectural Landmark. It’s a center for the arts, refuge for those in need and a beacon of hope for the metropolitan area.
-Built from 1907-1915, the vision of Archbishop John Ireland
-Stained glass windows tell the story of Mary’s life
Located at: 88 N. 17th St. Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit http://thebasilicalandmark.org/
||Cathedral of Saint Paul
This, the fourth Cathedral of Saint Paul, was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland, who secured the site in 1904. The Archdiocese was growing and Ireland saw the need for a "great Cathedral" to replace the third Cathedral, which was 46 years old at the time and too small for the growing congregation. One of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, the Cathedral was designed by E. L. Masqueray.
The cornerstone was laid on June 2, 1907. The first liturgy was held on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1915. Work continued on the interior for decades. On October 14, 1958, it was consecrated by Archbishop William O. Brady, securing its place among the premier houses of worship in the United States. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings in 1974.
The Minnesota Orchestra and Vocal Essence are some of the groups that present concerts at the Cathedral each year. The waves of immigrants that flooded into Minnesota in the late 19th and early 20th centuries fueled the diversity that the archdiocese still enjoys. The Cathedral of Saint Paul has always been an open and welcoming community of faith. The Shrine of the Nations is a testament to the important roles that immigrant communities have played in the history of the Cathedral. These shrines surrounding the sanctuary honor saints who were important to the many different ethnic communities that helped to build the Cathedral that we see today.
Tours of the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul are held every Monday through Friday at 1:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge, though donations are gratefully received. Private tours may be scheduled by contacting Mary Connelly at 651.228.1766. Tours are suspended on Holy Days and civil holidays.
Located at: 239 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN For additional information, visit www.cathedralsaintpaul.org/archives
||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
The Foshay Tower, now the W Minneapolis – The Foshay hotel, is a skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Modeled after the Washington Monument, the building was completed in 1929, months before the stock market crash in October of that year. It has 32 floors and stands 447 feet (136 m) high, plus an antenna mast that extends the total height of the structure to 607 feet (185 m). The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, is an example of Art Deco architecture. Its address is 821 Marquette Avenue.
The Foshay Tower marked a significant landmark locally in the push skyward, as the tower was the first in the city to surpass the height of Minneapolis City Hall, completed in 1906. It remained the tallest building in Minneapolis until the IDS Center surpassed it in 1972.
Located at 821 Marquette Ave S. Minneapolis, MN
Open Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm
Sunday from 11am-5pm
No ticket sold 15 minutes before closing. For additional information, visit http://foshaymuseum.com/home.html
||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.
Located at: 240 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN For additional information, visit www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/
Following the tremendous success of Lawrence Halprin’s design and conversion of Nicollet Avenue into the pedestrian-friendly Nicollet Mall in 1967, and the 1973 design for Peavey Plaza by M. Paul Friedberg + Partners, this 20-acre project, also by Friedberg, was designed to connect Loring Park, the oldest mapped park in the city to Lawrence Halprin's Nicollet Mall.
Whereas earlier projects catered to the city’s business and commercial sectors, the Loring Park Redevelopment District aimed to encourage high-density, low-rise development (residential and a hotel complex). The results were 2,500 residential units and a 1/3-mile greenway.
Unlike other greenways constructed during this time, multiplying in suburban areas and taking advantage of their natural resources, this greenway was urban in nature. It was composed of a series of open spaces, beginning with an entry plaza along the mall, and moving westward, by way of a pedestrian bridge spanning La Salle Avenue, to conclude at Loring Park, where a new mist fountain was constructed as a terminating focal element. The rich sequence of pedestrian-scaled spaces includes diverse water features (fountains, sprays, channels), pavilions with tables and chairs, public sculpture, a sunken playground, shuffle board courts, and a site-specific furnishing palette of kiosks, bollards, seating and lighting.
Access next to Hyatt Hotel. For additional information, visit http://tclf.org/landscapes/loring-greenway
||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 Central Library
The stunning Minneapolis Central Library is conveniently located in downtown Minneapolis between Hennepin Avenue, the city's arts and theater district, and Nicollet Mall, the backbone of the city's business and shopping districts.
Designed to reflect residents' civic pride and deep commitment to education and literacy, Minneapolis Central Library offers nearly 100 percent access to its collection, the center of the third largest per capita public library collection of any major city in America with a collection of more than 2.4 million items--including books, DVDs, music, government documents and more.
• Designed by Cesar Pelli, the world renowned architect
• Other projects by Pelli include Manhattan's World Financial Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Center in Minneapolis
• Opened Saturday, May 20, 2006
• Eye-catching canopy roof that projects over Hennepin and Nicollet entrances
• 8,140 square-foot atrium links two buildings that make up the library
• Combination of transparent and translucent glass with seasonal Minnesota imagery such as water, snow, trees and prairie grass
• 18,560 square-foot "green" roof planted with low-growing, sun- and drought-resistant ground cover
Located at 300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit www.hclib.org
||Minneapolis City Hall
Minneapolis and Hennepin County founders had a grand vision for their city when construction of the City Hall and Courthouse began in the 1880s. Just a decade prior to this it had become readily apparent that the existing -- and geographically separate -- city hall and county courthouse buildings had increasingly inadequate space for serving the needs of a rapidly growing frontier town. Finally, with much deliberation, a decision was made to join the two entities under one roof with the guidance of a committee comprised of both City Council members and County Commissioners.
The City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906 on the site of the first public schoolhouse west of the Mississippi River. Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis each occupied half of the building. The County ceremoniously moved in November 11, 1895 and the City followed on December 15, 1902. A 1904 Minnesota Statute decreed that both parties were to share in the care and regulation of the building under the direction of the Municipal Building Commission.
When completed, the City Hall and Courthouse had more than enough room for government functions - a blacksmith shop, a horse stable, a wool brokerage, and a chicken hatchery rented the building's excess space. After 1940, things started getting crowded and, despite major modifications, the only solution was a new building. Hennepin County moved most operations across the street into its new Government Center in 1975.
Located at: 350 S. 5th St. Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit www.municipalbuildingcommission.org/Building_History.html
||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
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting over 850,000 thousand visitors annually.
Located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.
Sea Salt Eatery Offers fresh seafood April through October.
Located at 4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr. Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=71
||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
||Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.
The Science Museum's building is 370,000 square feet, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering the topics of palaeontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space.
Located at: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN or call for more information at: 800-221-9444. For additional information, visit www.smm.org/about
Both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul both have a skyway network linking together buildings and attractions. Minneapolis' Skyway system links 69 city blocks and Minneapolis has 8 miles of skyways - the largest system in the world.
When it's freezing cold, or horribly humid and hot, the Minneapolis skyways are a climate-controlled haven. Yes, people from other cities think we are like hamsters in a exercise run. But it's bliss to leave your coat at the office in winter or not worry about sunburn in the summer.
Getting into Minneapolis Skyways
The glass skyway tunnels are obvious. Getting into them can be less so. A couple of buildings have "Skyway Connection" marked on their doors, but most assume you just know the way in.
Actually it's quite easy to get in. Usually, going into any building with tunnels going in and out on the second floor, and the way to the skyway is marked or you'll be able to see the way. If it's rush hour or lunchtime, just follow the crowds!
Navigation in Minneapolis Skyways
Navigating the skyway system can be tricky. Most look very similar and there's only a few signs, and fewer maps. It's also easy to get disorientated in Minneapolis' skyways, since most office buildings and most tunnels look the same. Add distracting shopping malls and attractions and it's easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the system. A map is an essential piece of equipment.
Minneapolis Skyway Maps
If you are in Minneapolis the free magazine Downtown Guide is widely distributed in magazine racks in Minneapolis skyways, and has a skyway map printed in the back.
When are the Minneapolis Skyways Open?
The opening hours of the skyways in Minneapolis are controlled by the buildings they link.
Minneapolis' skyways are not open 24 hours. Most open from early morning until late at night. The skyways are open fewer hours on Sunday, usually closing in the early evening. For additional information, visit http://minneapolis.about.com/od/travelweather/a/skyways.htm
Founded in 1974 (incorporated in 1975), The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation's leading literary arts centers. The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.
Their core values are that literature is essential, writing can be taught, inclusiveness is imperative, boldness brings excellence, community makes them strong, and wise management fuels their success.
Each year the Loft engages more than 3,000 beginning, intermediate and advanced writers in learning opportunities, hosts more than 100 authors in readings and dialogues that draw more than 10,000 people, connects with more than 160,000 unique visitors through digital resources on our website, collaborates with at least 30 local and national organizations to enrich the literary environment and, through contracts, awards, and grants, pays writers more than $400,000.
In their evaluations, 96% of students report that their class helped them improve their writing, 91% identified their next steps as a writer, and 94% would recommend their class to others.
Located at: 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit www.loft.org
||The Museum of Russian Art
Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA), is a member-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of all forms of Russian art and artifacts. The only North American museum of its kind, TMORA features a dynamic rotation of originally curated exhibitions showcasing extraordinary works of art seldom displayed in the United States. Through the Museum’s educational programs and diverse exhibitions, visitors can explore new perspectives on the history, heritage and art of Russia and surrounding cultures.
Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with a recorded history that spans over one thousand years. Recognizing the importance of educating current and future generations about Russian art and related cultures, TMORA’s exhibitions are designed to provide our guests with an opportunity to examine important artistic achievements and historical events through the works of the region’s most esteemed artists.
Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for TMORA’s exhibitions and educational events. We look forward to welcoming you to The Museum of Russian Art, a cultural venue like no other.
Located at 5500 Stevens Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN For additional information, visit http://tmora.org
||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