Minneapolis Institute of Art — A Great Museum for the Family

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You know it’s a great museum when you offer the kids the opportunity to go to the Mall of America or the Art Museum, and hands down the Art Museum wins!

Our family greatly enjoys the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA):  attending the Children’s Theatre Company, enjoying the Target Family Days, or just meandering through the galleries.

There is so much to look at and so much open space!  Also, and most importantly, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a lot of staff strategically posted throughout the entire museum.  This is great for a number of reasons.

  • it’s easy to get help when lost
  • there are more eyes to watch our little ones as they enjoy themselves
  • they can offer explanations of some of the art pieces or genres  (I don’t get art, sometimes)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is open to the public with a freewill donation box in the lobby.  They have one traveling/rotating exhibit that requires a fee, but you can thoroughly enjoy the museum with or without viewing that gallery.  I would suggest if you want to visit the traveling exhibit, you go without kids.  Part of the reason the MIA is so fantastic is that you can spend a little time or a long time there without feeling like you need to get your money’s worth!

MIA Highlights

  • Different galleries are set up by time period or genre or both and so there is a lot to look at.  There is modern, classical, medieval, abstract, photography, and so much more. 
  • They have a section that is dedicated to displaying works by kids who have taken classes there. 
  • The dollhouse is fun for the whole family–boys and girls
  • There are lots of stairs to climb. 
  • The staff are understanding and enjoy the patrons. 
  • The Annual Art in Bloom Exhibit each Spring
  • The old-fashioned elevator is the best part of the whole museum.  There are a lot of instructions you may not understand at first,  but when the elevator arrives to pick you up, all those old movies you once watched will come in handy.  Operating the elevator will be a snap. 

When you get to the MIA, you can park in the ramp on 3rd Ave which is $4 for the first hour (and an additional fee for every hour after).  Or you may be able to find street parking for free. They have a coffee shop and are currently in the middle of building another family-friendly food option with a children’s area to play in (upgrading what has been there in the past).  Otherwise, if you are looking for something to eat, it’s just down the road from Nicollet Avenue (Eat Street) and not far from Lyndale Avenue or Hennepin Avenue. 

Minneapolis Institute of Arts can be one of your family favorites, too.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts

  • Address: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Hours: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Open:  Tuesdays-Sundays, Closed on Mondays
  • Phone: (612) 870-3000
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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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