Minneapolis Institute of Arts Review

Updated Jan 2014

Minneapolis Institute of Art
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Tuesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday Closed

Prices: Galleries are free, exhibitions, lectures and classes have fees

Location: 2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Parking: Free

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a great place to introduce kids to more ‘adult’ art in the form of paintings, sculpture, photographs and historical artworks. The museum has a scavenger hunt for younger guests that helps them explore the museum and find objects along a specific theme. The museum also has a monthly family day where they provide activities and more interaction for families. There are three floors and numerous galleries to explore so it is a good idea to plan ahead for rooms to avoid and rooms that ‘must’ be seen.

First Floor
The first floor is where families can pick up their maps and the current scavenger hunt guide. It changes frequently by season. The family center and children’s gallery is also on the first floor. The family center is a great place to start and let the kids blow off some steam before venturing further into the galleries. This small play zone has many different activities for younger kids to use to explore a variety of arts and use their imagination to play. The café on this level does not have a full menu, unlike the restaurant located on the mezzanine level. There are stairs and an elevator to bring visitors to the other floors.

Second Floor
The second floor contains artwork from around the world. The jade carvings from China are fascinating. There are also artworks from other parts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands. Some exhibits will be more interesting than others, according to the interests of the family.

Third Floor
The third floor of the MIA has the period artwork. This includes paintings, sculpture and some interesting art deco work. The floor has galleries around impressionism, modern design and expressionism for those who want to see a specific type of art. These galleries can be particularly fun to visit during a family day.

Family Day at MIA
Each month the MIA holds a family day with a theme. In the fall it may be a simple autumn theme or if there is a visiting exhibit they may theme around that. Each child has a scavenger hunt with a list of items (including pictures) to find. The items are often not the entire work of art but a portion so they really have to look for it. These scavenger hunts can really get them interested in what they are seeing and why the items on the list are related. Family day also incorporates activities such as dancing or making a piece of artwork that ties in with the theme.
Enjoy this wonderful museum and be sure to visit often to see the traveling exhibits as well as new work by local artists.

Tips and Tricks
1.    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is very large and there is a lot of walking. Bring a stroller for younger guests. The galleries have a lot of space so a stroller is not crowded.
2.    Visit on Family Day for the most interactive fun.
3.    Don’t plan to see the whole thing in one day – take small bites and visit frequently
4.    Don’t bring food – there are several café’s and coffee shops on site and food is not allowed in the galleries
5.    Check out the sun sculpture when you enter – it is amazing and is actually made of glass
6.    Join the MIA for a discount on classes, lectures and exhibitions

Other Fun Family Attractions

Bell Museum of Natural History

Science Museum of Minnesota

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