The Walker is considered a top international art venue and has contemporary design and visual arts exhibits, film screenings, and performances such as music, theater, and dance. The museum opened in 1971 and was expanded in 2005. Throughout the campus, there are 11 exhibition galleries as well as the McGuire Theatre, a cinema, a cafe, restaurant, bar, outdoor terraces, and indoor lounges. It also hosts the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden which covers 11 acres and holds 40 works.
The Mall of America is one of the most popular attractions worldwide and it is right in Minneapolis. The mall hosts 520 stores and 50 restaurants in addition to numerous attractions. To help you save money, Minneapolis doesn't have sales tax on shoes or clothing. You will find attractions for kids and adults of all ages in the Mall, including Nickelodeon Universe, Lego, American Girl, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, and movie theaters. Check the calendar during your visit to the area as there are more than 400 events each year, such as World Sumo Champion Exhibitions, the Month of Mom, Toddler Tuesdays, and book signings.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a must see attraction for those of all ages. You can find exhibits and artifacts spanning all continents and all ages, with some items dating back 40,000 years. There are prints and drawings, photography and new media, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, textiles, and contemporary art as well as specific collections to explore focusing on Asian art, African art, and American art. In addition to the permanent collection, there are also rotating exhibits focusing on a range of topics such as contemporary native artists, anatomy, and photography.
The Orpheum Theatre dates back to 1921 when it was called the Hennepin. Today it seats 2,579 people and throughout the years it has hosted notable acts such as the Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, Gone with the Wind, My Fair Lady, and even movies such as Thunderball. Restoration starting in 1993 created the Orpheum that you can experience today. Either go on a theatre tour to learn about its history, architecture, and more or attend a performance.
Another of the top attractions in Minneapolis is the Minnesota Orchestra at their location in Orchestra Hall. The Hall has been hosting the orchestra since its opening in 1974 and throughout then, there have been over 10 million people in attendance at the concerts. The hall is right in the middle of downtown and has excellent acoustics to improve the sound of all performances. The Orchestra Hall does have a menu of drinks and snacks to enjoy during the intermission of concerts as well.