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Minnesota
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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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Twin Cities & Arts
Minneapolis, MN
D
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

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

Afternoon: 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 PM through 4:30 PM. 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 Minneapolis/Downtown

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. Afterwards, we'll 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 Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: 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: Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the world’s undisputed cultural capitals. It supports many fine art museums, two professional orchestras, an internationally renowned opera company and hundreds of theatrical, musical and comedy troupes. It is the third largest dance market in the nation. The Twin Cities is second only to New York City in the number of theater seats per capita, with more than two million theater tickets sold each year. Among the stars is the Guthrie Theater, the country’s first regional repertory theater. This morning, hear the story of why Sir Tyrone Guthrie, one of the best-known theater directors in the world, decided to locate his theater in Minneapolis. It opened in 1963, and resulted in a theater explosion in Minneapolis-St. Paul. A local expert will begin our day with a lecture about the Guthrie Theater and theater in the Twin Cities. Next we're off 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
Riverfront Walk, Guthrie Theater, Theater Performance
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: Walking 1.5 miles on city sidewalks and paved walkways on the Riverfront Walk, approximately 1 hour. 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: This morning, 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. Afterwards, it's on to the Guthrie! At the beautiful Guthrie Theater, a dramatic theater experience awaits us. 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 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, Treasures of St. Paul, Skyway Walk
Minneapolis, MN
B,D
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on the Skyway Walk, approximately 1 hour. Walking 6 blocks back to the hotel. 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: Minneapolis is home to the world’s most extensive skyway system. We'll leapfrog through skyscrapers, traversing just part of the nine miles of skyways, the second floor elevated passages that connect the downtown area. Designed for office workers who know where they're going, the skyways defy verbal directions. The services offered along the way include places to buy coffee, lunch or a snack, to make copies and to deposit checks. Skyways connect office towers, hotels, convention centers, and shopping and entertainment venues. Over 40,000 people live downtown, some even on the top floors of our hotel building. Residents can live, work and shop downtown without ever having to walk outside. Our hotel is our gateway to the Skyway. Step inside and walk with our local expert along the skyway system, learning about Minneapolis and its skyways as we go.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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.

DAY
6
F. Scott Fitzgerald Walk, Minnesota History Center
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on city sidewalks, approximately 1.5 hours in the morning. Walking and standing up to 1.5 hours at the Minnesota History Center.

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

Morning: Our day starts with a celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald as we follow his footsteps in the St. Paul neighborhood where he spent much of his youth. We'll walk to the place where Fitzgerald wrote his first novel, "This Side of Paradise," as well as his birthplace at 481 Laurel Avenue. During our reflective stroll, learn about Fitzgerald's early years, his relationship with his wife, Zelda, the impact of St. Paul on his stories and novels, and connections to the Hill family and other prominent neighbors.

Lunch: We'll have our lunch at Grand Avenue, located blocks from downtown St. Paul. It has an eclectic and inviting atmosphere with patio dining, cozy coffee shops and unique stores and boutiques, all one block from historic Summit Avenue, an architectural delight. There is a small town feel, as you meander along Grand Avenue, in the heart of a big city. We'll find a lunch spot and spend time exploring Grand Avenue's many treasures.

Afternoon: After lunch our motorcoach will take us to the Minnesota History Center. The Minnesota Historical Society is one of the largest and most prestigious in the U.S. It preserves Minnesota's past, shares the state's stories and connects people with history, because history matters. Explore on your own vivid interactive displays and permanent exhibits at the Minnesota History Center. Learn about the legacy of the state Prince, Walter Mondale, Bob Dylan, Charles Schultz, Hubert Humphrey, Judy Garland and Charles Lindbergh called home.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Minneapolis

Evening: A gangster character will tell us about the rowdy past in St. Paul at a lecture at our hotel.

DAY
7
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!






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