FFTC Visits Sculpture Parks in Minnesota

When I was in the UK a couple of years ago, one thing I noticed was number of sculptures throughout most cities and towns. The Brits like to honor people in history and in the arts by portraying their likenesses in metal or stone.  

While we don’t have the same fascination of immortalizing someone on every street corner, we Minnesotans do have fun with sculpture parks themselves. We have more than a handful of them within the Twin Cities metro. 

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Find Minneapolis Sculpture Parks, St. Paul Sculpture Parks, Sculpture Parks in the suburbs and Sculpture Parks throughout Minnesota.  And if we have missed one, please let us know so that we can add it to the list.

Minneapolis Sculpture Parks

Walker ARt Center

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Walker Sculpture Garden: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403  | 6 am-Midnight | Not only will you take in a giant spoon and giant cherry and giant blue rooster, you will see geometric sculptures and abstract sculptures and realistic sculptures.

Click Here for the Printable Self Guided Tour and Activity Book
stone arch bridge near Gold Medal Park

Gold Medal Park overlooks the Stone Arch Bridge
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Gold Medal Flour Park at Stone Arch Bridge: Second Street and 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 | “The focal point of the park is the sculptural observation mound at the center of a spiral walkway, rising out of a green lawn with over 200 mature trees.”

minnehaha falls

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Minnehaha Regional Park | 4801 S Minnehaha Dr, Minneapolis
This park is beautiful with trails, historic buildings, gardens, and a historic statue of Hiawatha and Minnehaha.  This is probably one of the most beautiful parks in Minneapolis (and there are a lot of beautiful parks).
Money-Saving Mom visited in June 2019 and said, “One good thing about the rain? It meant that we got to see Minnehaha Falls when it was raging. And I do mean raging! This was the highlight of the day — and maybe even the trip!”

Silverwood Park (Three Rivers Parks): 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421 | 5 am-10 pm | This park is a unique Three Rivers Park as it features the arts and nature in unity.  The 1 mile loop around the park takes you through diverse ecosystems with sculptures punctuating the surroundings.
Check out the overview of Silverwood Park: 

 


St. Paul Sculpture Parks

High Bridge Park North | 476 Smith Ave, St. Paul

This park is home to three large sculptures that represent the wide variety of cultures in St. Paul. It is on the north end of the Smith Avenue Bridge.  If you head south across the bridge, you will end up at Capitol View Park with breathtaking views of St. Paul.

Rice Park | 109 W 4th St, St Paul
Home to Ice Sculptures during the St. Paul Winter Carnival–January-February

western sculpture parkWestern Sculpture Park | 387 Marion St, St. Paul
Located in the heart of the historic Rondo Neighborhood, Western Sculpture Park hosts 15 sculptures to explore and enjoy.

Northeast Metro  

While climbing on sculptures is generally not allowed, this playground is an exception.

Franconia Sculpture Park  9836 St Croix Trail N, Shafer, MN 55074 | 6 am-8 pm | Find a sculpture that moves or a sculpture that you can crawl inside of. Breathe the fresh air. Grow an appreciation for beautiful works. 

Northwest Metro 

Southeast Metro 

Caponi Art Park:  1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123 | 9 am-8 pm, closed Mondays | Take a stroll along the Sculpture Trail and enjoy 20 different works of art. Or hike through the woods on the Nature Trails. These art parks are  educational enrichments for your mind, body, and spirit.

Southwest Metro 

Harrison Sculpture Park | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Where can you get wild animals, beautifully sculpted gardens, and art pieces all on top of a hill? On the High Point at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  A visit to the arboretum is worth your time and cash.  There is so much to do and see.


Minnesota Sculpture Parks Worth the Road Trip

New York Mills Sculpture Park

“The Barn” Sculpture Park  | New York Mills

Located in Otter Tail County, New York Mills is an hour northeast of Fergus Falls. There the sculptures are designed and built by local artists. This sculpture park is home to the world’s largest tractor sculpture.  Most recently added is The Barn.

 

Anderson Center Sculpture GardenAnderson Center Sculpture Garden  | 163 Tower View Drive, Red Wing

The Anderson Center, in its unique and historic setting of Tower View, offers residencies in the arts, sciences, and humanities…encourages the pursuit of creative and scholarly endeavors….

-Anderson Center Website

This 30+ piece sculpture garden sprawls across 15 acres on the Anderson Center grounds surrounding the residences and buildings on campus.  Lots of these sculptures are huge, colorful, and thought-provoking.


The Twin Cities is alive with imagination, and we have the privilege of going out and experiencing for ourselves!  Even in the midst of this Crazy Covid Season.

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