Twin Cities Hot Spots: The Minneapolis Institute of Art

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Need something to take your mind off of midterm papers and tests? Are you tired of the bitter cold weather but stuck with no escape route off campus? Every now and then the mind needs to be set free from theological ideas and mathematical equations.

The best part? It can be free.

Yes, there is free daily admission to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, or, MIA. If you just cringed at the word ‘art,’ don’t write this museum off quite yet. There are no set rules when touring a museum besides the obvious ones like using your inside voice and no running from exhibit to exhibit. If the kid inside of you wants to explore and be obnoxious, then by all means run and scream on the top of your lungs outside before entering the building. Make sure to grab a visitors guide map at the visitor center at the Third Avenue or the 24th Street seasonal entrance. Scan through the map and pick out where you would like to start your adventure. I personally suggest starting on the second floor in the Asia exhibit and venture over to the modern and contemporary exhibit in the Target Wing. In the middle of the Target wing there is an atrium. Here, lean over the railing of the atrium and look down to the marble floor that holds a glass blown sculpture, then look up the inside of the atrium and see the colorful mural painting. If you happen to be a fan of impressionist artist Vincent van Gough, head up to the third floor to see his 1889 painting Olive Trees. Through out the museum there are cushioned benches to sit and mull over the deeper meanings of the artwork or just people watch others who intensely stare into the detail of the paintings.


There are currently eighteen different exhibits to choose from. Admire pieces of artwork from the Native Americans or contemplate the more modern and creations on the second and third floors of the museum. The museum holds over nearly 100,000 works. Free parking is available on Third Avenue in the ramp and two surface lots. The Coffee shop and store is open during the museum hours.

On your way out, empty out any extra cash from you pockets into the clear plastic donation box as a way to tip the artists of the museum.

Take Franklin Avenue to Third Avenue south, till you see a six ionic column grey building that would fit right into the Washington DC area. It only takes a five-minute drive or twenty-minute walk to the museum.


For all you sushi lovers out there, Koy Sushi Too is also off of Franklin Avenue. After a solid stress-releasing day at the MIA, stop by during happy hour between the hours of 5pm to 6pm for four dollar rolls. The wait for seating is almost instant since it is not that busy during the weeknights. Parking lot is usually vacant during the week; no need to worry about parking on the street. Make sure you try their chilled chi tea. The tea has an extra orange mango kick to it that keeps your taste buds wanting more. Take Chicago Avenue to east Franklin Avenue and the restaurant is tucked in between 21st and 22nd Avenue south. You will not be disappointed in the quality of sushi. Bring some one who has never indulged in sushi and experience this new sushi joint together.