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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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Program No. 19681RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
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: We will explore the famous Midtown Global Market. In the early 2000s, the city decided to use a vacant Sears building to host a market that would reflect the ethnic diversity and hold local businesses of the Twin Cities. We will choose from a variety of local and international fare for lunch.

Afternoon: We’ll hop back on our coach for the Minneapolis Institute of Art 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. 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
Minnehaha Park, Free Time
Minneapolis, MN
B,L
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation. Walking or standing for up to 90 minutes. Optional 75 stone steps down to waterfall with paths along the water.

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

Morning: Discover Minnehaha Regional Park, one of Minneapolis's oldest landmarks and a local favorite for outdoor recreation. Designed in 1883 by Horace W.S. Cleveland, the park is home to a 53 foot waterfall, scenic vistas, and several sculptures. We will enjoy a guided tour of the park, followed by time for self exploration.

Lunch: After returning downtown via light rail transit, enjoy a plated lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: At leisure. Take some time to explore all that Minneapolis has to offer!

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 one of the Guthrie's onsite restaurants, we will enjoy a delicious lunch of American favorites. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will continue on to the Minnesota Historical Society’s National Historic Landmark, the Mill City Museum, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the ruins of the Washburn “A” flour mill. When it was built in 1880, the mill was the largest flour mill in the world, grinding over 100 boxcars of wheat into 2 million pounds of flour per day. In 1991, a fire nearly destroyed the old mill. The ruins are now home to a milling museum and education center, including a ninth floor observation deck with stunning overlook of St. Anthony Falls, which powered the mill.

Dinner: Experience the fine ethnic cuisine of the Twin Cities at a local restaurant 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 back at the Guthrie Theater, where with all of our theater knowledge gained today, it is sure to be a most memorable night.

DAY
5
American Swedish Inst., Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
B,L,D
Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown

Activity note: Walking and standing up to 1 hour at the American Swedish Institute. 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.

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

Morning: We will start our day with a lecture by a local expert. Later, we will visit the American Swedish Institution. 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.

Lunch: At the American Swedish Institute, enjoy a smörgåsbord buffet of traditional Swedish dishes, plus soft drinks and water.

Afternoon: After lunch, 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 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 afternoon as we study its unique architectural design and view its famous art collection within. The Walker's galleries highlights work of both emerging and established artists, and is home to a multidisciplinary collection that has been growing since 1879.

Dinner: At a restaurant 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: At leisure.

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 that 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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