Franconia Sculpture Park

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  • Free entry, free events, free Sunday tours at 2pm May - October. Call to schedule a guided tour on request for your school or organization.

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  • I-35 to Hwy 8 (exit Taylors Falls) - 19 miles east on Hwy 8 to the intersection of Hwy 95 and Hwy 8. (just two and a half miles west of Taylors Falls, MN)

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  • Open daily, dawn to dusk, 365 days a year

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. Art and Artists Celebration

    Art and Artists Celebration

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    What better way to celebrate an exhibition full of new ambitious sculptures made by truly dedicated artists!?! Throw everyone a creative & fun-filled arts festival! In true Franconia fashion, there will be live music, family art-making activities, guided tours of new work, delicious food & beverages, and more. Return to our website as the date approaches to learn all of the details.

    Check out our events page for more information.

    Art and Artists Celebration is made possible, in part, by a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from its general fund. Thank you!

  2. Artist Talks

    Artist Talks

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Have you ever wondered, "How did they make that?!" Here’s your chance to find out! Two of Franconia’s artists-in-residence will present their artistic portfolio and current project, giving you the chance to discover the concepts and meaning behind the work. Everyone is invited for dinner and a lively evening of a free exchange of ideas between artists and anyone interested in art of three dimensions. The evening will include a slide show of alumni and/or current resident artists' portfolio, plus time for discussion in an audience-driven conversation full of feedback, critique, and new ideas.

    Presentations are every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (May-October) and they start promptly at 8pm. You are welcome for dinner with resident artists and staff at 6:00pm before presentations begin. Reservations are required if you plan to join us for dinner. $10 for the delicious home cooked meal. RSVP to info@franconia.org!

  3. Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour

    Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Artist from around the world converge at Franconia to create cast metal sculpture and we invite the public to participate in this unique art-making process! Witness artist working a furnace that heats up to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, as they pour 8,000 pounds of red-hot molten iron throughout the day into sand molds designed by you. Savage Aural Hotbed, Minneapolis’s found-object percussion band, performs throughout the day. Bring the family and make a day of it!

    Community mold-making workshop: 10a-3p
    Iron Pour: 12-8p
    Last mold pickup: 10pm

    Check out our events page for more information.

  4. Music @ Franconia

    Music @ Franconia

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Franconia’s summer-long music series is back! Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Participate in an artist-led tour during the band breaks to learn more about Franconia’s exhibition and programs. All events are family & dog friendly, and open to the public. Parking $5 per vehicle.

    June 24 | Them Coulee Boys
    Opening: Black River Revue and McNasty Brass Band

    July 22 | Actual Wolf
    Opening: Corey Medina & Brothers

    August 15 | Chastity Brown
    Opening: Tim Mahoney

    Music @ Franconia is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Thank you!

  5. Resident Artists Hot Metal Pour

    Resident Artists Hot Metal Pour

    Hwys 8 & 95
    Franconia, MN 55074
    Call: (651) 257-6668

    Each July and August Franconia hosts a group of Iron Artists from around the world through a unique artist residency. We help realize big visions by offering support to artists as they cast iron sculpture on a large scale. Bring a picnic, grab your family or friends, and witness sculpture that takes up to 300lbs of molten iron to create. Make sure to visit our outdoor Iron Exhibition to enjoy the magic of cast metal sculpture.

    Check out our events page for more information.

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