The Minneapolis Institute of Art

It would practically be a crime to pass up an opportunity to visit this museum.

Recently, Dear Husband and I attended a wedding in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had never been to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Frankly, it had never occurred to me. I was pleasantly surprised by it, though. Granted, we arrived during that sweet spot after the horrific winter, yet before the horrific mosquito season, so we saw these cities at their best.

Since the area was new to me, we decided to stay several extra days to explore. We saw a lot of really amazing things that will result in more than a few blog posts, I’m sure. But today, I’ve decided to write about one of the many highlights of this trip: The Minneapolis Institute of Art.

While doing research for this trip, I came upon several lists. You know the kind. “The 27 things you really should see while visiting xyz.” And on every one of these lists, at the very tippy top, was the MIA. This gallery has over 90,000 pieces of art, covering a span of 5,000 years, from various cultures throughout the world. These lists suggested that you allow anywhere from 90 minutes to half a day for your visit, but if you can walk away after just 90 minutes, you have no soul.

This is one of the largest art museums in the United States, and it’s spectacular. There’s an entire section dedicated to contemporary art, which is a favorite category of mine, and it also houses some very well-known artists of the past, such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, El Greco, Miro, Matisse, Monet, Kandinsky, O’Keefe, Cezanne, Rembrandt and Titian. And the best part? Admission is free. It would practically be a crime to pass up an opportunity to visit this museum if you’re anywhere near Minneapolis.

But enough of my gushing adjectives. I’ll leave you with a few of the hundreds of photos that we took in the various exhibits, in no particular order. And if you’d like to explore some of the art from home, check out this page on the museum’s website.

Travel vicariously through this blog. And while you’re at it, check out my book!


Author: The View from a Drawbridge

I have been a bridgetender since 2001, and gives me plenty of time to think and observe the world.

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