The Ames Center is a performing arts facility and art gallery that sits on Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville. It was formerly known as the Burnsville Performing Arts Center.
The Art Gallery at the Ames Center
The Art Gallery is free and open to the public with exhibits that change several times a year. We find free community art galleries to be an easy way to begin introducing children to the concept of art appreciation and museum conduct. Visits can be kept short, parking is generally easier to find than at urban museums, and they are generally less crowded.
In October 2016, the center added a permanent concession stand to the lobby. Visitors will find coffee and sandwiches on their menu, making a stop at the Ames Center for art and coffee a nice idea to mix with a visit to Nicollet Commons for the winter lights or summer movies and splash pad.
The Ames Theatres
The Ames is home to the Twin Cities Ballet, the Dakota Symphony, and The Chameleon Theatre Circle. Upcoming shows can be found on their events page. While there may be some offerings aimed at families, most shows at this theatre are probably best enjoyed by adults and older kids. Deals can often be found through our affiliate, GoldStar.