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Minneapolis
Signature City Minneapolis: Art, Architecture, Theater and Music
From masterpieces at the Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, to backstage access at the Guthrie Theater, learn why Minneapolis is a mecca for art lovers.
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12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Twin Cities, Arts
Minneapolis, MN
D
Hyatt Place Downtown Minneapolis

Activity note: Hotel check in is available from 3:00 PM.

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. 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: In our own private meeting room, enjoy a buffet 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 us for an enlightening lecture focused on Minneapolis as a City of Art.

DAY
2
City of Lakes Field Trip, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Downtown Minneapolis

Activity note: On City of Lakes field trip, traveling by motorcoach for approximately 3 hours, getting on and off the bus 3 times. Walking up to 1/2 mile at two stops. Standing for up to 1 hour at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In the evening, walking from the hotel to the restaurant is 0.3 miles each way on city sidewalks, approximately 6 minutes.

Breakfast: Choose from a wide selection at our hotel's breakfast buffet.

Morning: We’ll meet today’s local expert who will lead a stimulating discussion of historical Minneapolis, to set the stage for our "City of Lakes" field trip. Then, with an expert as our guide, 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 market, we’ll use a voucher provided by our group leader to choose from many fresh local options.

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: Dinner tonight will be at an elegant downtown restaurant, Atlas Grill. We will choose from a selection of plated entrée options accompanied by a side salad and dessert. Coffee, tea and sodas are included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, American Swedish Inst.
Minneapolis, MN
B,L
Hyatt Place Downtown Minneapolis

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles on city sidewalks and paved walkways on the Riverfront Walk, approximately 1 hour. Walking and standing up to 1 hour on gravel pathways and grassy areas at the Sculpture Garden. Walking and standing up to 1 hour at the Walker Center. Walking and standing up to 1 hour at the American Swedish Institute.

Breakfast: Choose from a wide selection at our hotel's breakfast buffet.

Morning: First, after a short ride on our motorcoach, 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 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. Then we’ll hop on our motorcoach for a short drive to the American Swedish Institute.

Lunch: At the American Swedish Institute, enjoy 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.

DAY
4
Guthrie Theater, Theater Performance
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Downtown Minneapolis

Activity note: Standing up to 1 hour at the Guthrie during the behind-the-scenes visit. In the evening there are steps with railings to get to your seats for the performance. Please let Road Scholar know in advance if you require a seat without access by steps.

Breakfast: Choose from a wide selection at our hotel's breakfast buffet.

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 of 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: Our night culminates with a sensational performance of "Sunday in the Park with George" at the Guthrie Theater, where with all of our theater knowledge gained today, is sure to be a most memorable night.

DAY
5
Musical Performance, Mill City Museum, Treasures of St Paul
Minneapolis, MN
B,D
Hyatt Place Downtown Minneapolis

Activity note: Standing and walking up to 2 hours at the Mill City Museum. In the afternoon, traveling by motorcoach approximately 2 hours, getting on and off the bus at a few stops.

Breakfast: Choose from a wide selection at our hotel's breakfast buffet.

Morning: We have two gems to explore before our evening musical performance. We will take our coach to the Mill City Farmer’s Market in the historic train shed overlooking the mighty Mississippi. Local, sustainable and organic farmers and food artisans demonstrate their wares. Bring home a souvenir of Minnesota wild rice. Artists may include, on any given Saturday potters, jewelers, clothes designers and more. You may find the perfect items at the market for lunch on your own today. Then step next door for a visit to the architectural marvel, Mill City Museum, built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. Enjoy the flour tower multi-media show, “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” movie, an observation deck with stunning views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River, and walk through a self-guided exhibit area. Our coach will return us to our choice of two locations: our hotel and to Nicollet Mall, where we will find several restaurant options for lunch on our own before we walk four blocks to our hotel.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon 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: Tonight we will delight in a spectacular Road Scholar exclusive musical performance by the Flying Forms at the Baroque Room.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up Discussion , Program Concludes
Minneapolis, MN
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 PM.

Breakfast: Choose from a wide selection at our hotel's breakfast buffet.

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!