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Austin

Region: Southern
Paramount Theatre
125 4th Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
Contact: Melissa Trihus
Phone: (507) 434-0934
Fax: (507) 434-9360
E-mail: paramount2@smig.net
Website: www.paramounttheatre.org
Tour Focus: Come learn about aspects of our historical theatre. The Historic Paramount Theatre is owned by the Austin Area Commission for the Arts (AACA), an independent, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. The AACA's mission is "a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the fine arts and the on going preservation of the Historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, MN."Group Size: 10 minimum, 450 maximum
Cost: $2/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: guided

Austin

Region: Southern
Nativity House
606 Oakland Place NE
Austin,  MN 55912
Contact: Austin CVB
Phone:(507) 437-4563
Tour Focus:A local family displays close to 900 complete nativity scenes during the holiday season. Visit this one-of-a-kind home and hear from the home owners how thy have lovingly collected the crèches from 42 countries (and counting!).
Group Size: check with contact
Cost: $2.50
Availability: By Appointment
Tour Guide: Owners

Collegeville

Region: Central
The Saint John's Bible Hill Museum and Manuscript Library(HMML)                                                                       
Bush Center- 2835 Abbey Plaza
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
Contact: Linda Orzechowski
Phone: (320) 363-3514
E-mail: lorzechowsk@csbsju.edu
Websites: www.hmml.org and www.saintjohnsbible.org
Tour Focus: The Saint John's Bible is the first hand written Bible to be commissioned in the modern era since the advent of the printing press. The display features several original pages from the project as well as tools, methods, and materials. HMML also has a large collection of rare books and over 100,000 manuscripts photographically preserved for study. Gallery tour and rare book presentations are available.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum                                                               
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Closed Weekends
Tour Guide: self-guided tours at any time, guided tours by appointment

Duluth

Region: Northeastern
Tweed Museum of Art
1201 Ordean Court/University of MN Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812
Contact: Sandi Peterson
Phone: (218) 726-8222
Fax: (218) 726-8503
E-mail: tma@d.umn.edu
Website: www.d.umn.edu/tma
Tour Focus: Enjoy viewing this permanent collection of over 6,000 objects, including the French Barbizon School, 19th-20th century American painting, Glenn C. Nelson ceramics Collection, Potlatch Collection of Royal Canadian Mounted Police Illustrations and other works in all media by contemporary artists.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 50 maximum
Cost: $2/person
Availability: year-round, two weeks advanced notice requested
Tour Guide: museum education director

Grand Rapids

Region: Northeastern
MacRostie Art Center
405 1st Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Paul Brandel
Phone: (218) 326-2697
E-mail: info@macrostieartcenter.org
Website: www.macrostieartcenter.org
Tour Focus: Local and regional art, tours of studios (clay, printmaking), etc.
Group Size: no minimum, 50 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Tour Guide: Executive Director, Gallery Coordinator, or Program Coordinator

Grand Marais

Region:Northeast  
Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery 
West Wisconsin Street P.O.Box 35 
Grand Marais, MN 55604 
Contact: Don Davison 
Phone: (218)-387-2314  
Website:www.johnsonheritagepost.org 
Tour focus: The Cook County Historical Society operates the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais, Minnesota. The nonprofit Art Gallery Features local, regional, and national artists in revolving exhibits, as well as featuring a permanent collection of original art by Anna Johnson, an early 1900’s artist.
Group Size: Depends on the exhibit
Cost: Free
Availability: Open Year Around 
Tour Guide: Director or gallery volunteers

Grand Marais

Region: Northeast
Grand Marais Art Colony
120 West 3rd Ave PO BOX 626
Grand Marais, MN, 55604
Contact: Amy Demmer, Director
Phone:218-387-2737
Website: www.grandmaraisartcolony.org
Email: arts@boreal.org
Tour Focus:Since 1947, the Grand Marais Art Colony has cultivated a relationship between outdoor inspiration and artistic pursuit inspired by the surrounding wilderness and Lake Superior. Featuring year-round classes for the novice to professional artist, high-quality studio access, and seven inclusive events and exhibits. The facilities include visual arts, clay, glass, and printmaking studios. The Art Colony is a sanctuary for the creative spirit, providing artistic guidance, exploration, and space to grow. This is the oldest Art Colony in the state of Minnesota, in historic facilities in the heart of downtown Grand Marais.
Group Size: No Min, Call ahead for Max.
Cost:Free
Availability:Year around
Tour Guide: Director and class teams

Hutchinson

Region: Central
Clay Coyote Gallery & Pottery
17614 240th Street
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Contact: Tim Wirt or Betsy Price
Phone: (320) 587-2599
Website: www.claycoyote.com
Tour Focus: On this tour, see the operations of a working pottery studio and the art gallery, as well as the prairie-land restoration project.
Group Size: no minimum, 40 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: by appointment
Tour Guide: owners

Hutchinson

Region: Central
McLeod County Museum & Historical Society
380 School Road NW
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Contact: Lori Pickell-Stangel
Phone: (320) 587-2109
Website: www.mcleodhistory.org
Tour Focus: Explore relics and information from McLeod County, as well as history and works of wildlife art in the Les Kouba gallery.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $3/adults, $2/seniors, $1/students, children under 6 are free
Availability: Mon 10am-8pm, Thur-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 1pm-4pm
Tour Guide: volunteers

Hutchinson

Region: Central
Thimbleberries Quilt Gallery & Studio and Main Street Cotton Shop
7 Main Street North
Hutchinson, MN 55350
Contact: Lynette Jensen
Phone: (320) 587-3944
Website: www.thimbleberries.com
Tour Focus: quilting; primarily the design and creation of internationally known quilt designer Lynette Jensen's quilts. Visit also the quilt shop and gallery.
Group Size: no minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: by appointment
Tour Guide: owners or manager

Lake Benton

Region: Southern
Opera House
Benton Street
Lake Benton, MN 56149
Phone: (507) 368-4620
Tour Focus: This tour focuses on a restored 1896 Opera House, renovated, new seats and air-conditioning. Scheduled performances run from March through December.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $2/person
Availability: Mar-Dec by appointment

Little Falls

Region: Central
Heartland Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 241
Little Falls, MN 56345
Contact: Karol Charon
Phone: (800) 826-1997
Website: www.heartlandsymphony.org
E-mail: info@heartlandsymphony.org
Tour Focus: HSO is a 50-piece volunteer, nonprofit, community orchestra located in and serving the central Minnesota area of Brainerd, Little Falls and the surrounding rural communities. Musicians, from amateurs to professionals, come together once a week from all over the region to rehearse and perform three full-length orchestral music concerts each season in both Little Falls and Brainerd. Special guest artists and conductors, local soloists and ensembles, area youth concerto winners, and charming repertoire commentary all help to make each concert unique and entertaining. The HSO also contributes to its service communities through music education programs, special events, and ticket give-aways.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum
Cost: $10/adult, $7/seniors and students, $15/adult pair, $20/family
Availability: Six concerts per year; three in Brainerd, three in Little Falls. Tickets are available at the door.
Tour Guide: guided

Luverne

Region: Southern
Brandenburg Gallery
105 East Luverne
Luverne, MN 56156
Contact: Jane Wildung
Phone: (507) 283-1884
Fax: (507) 283-4061
E-mail: luvernechamber@iw.net
Website: www.brandenburggallery.com
Tour Focus: This is the world renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg's home town gallery. This gallery features over 100 photographs from his work with National Geographic, his Chased by the Light publication and his ground-breaking photography of the prairie. There is also the opportunity to visit Touch the Sky Prairie, an 800 acre prairie sanctuary developed through a partnership with Jim Brandenburg and U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
Group Size: no minimum, 100 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: year-round, in summer a tour of Touch the Sky Prairie can be included upon request. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Tour Guide: Manager and staff

Mankato

Region: Southern
Carnegie Art Center
120 South Broad St.
Mankato, MN 56001
Contact: Rosemary Froen
Phone: (507) 625-2730
E-mail: artctr@hickorytech.net
Tour Focus: Exhibits of southern MN visual artists change monthly (closed August). Exhibits include painting, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, art glass, etc.
Group Size: 4 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: Wed-Fri, 1pm-4pm or by appointment.
Tour Guide: Guided upon request

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 377-2224 or (612) 225-6240 for groups
Fax: (612) 225-6004
E-mail: info@guthrietheater.org
Website: www.guthrietheater.org
Tour focus: See how the magic is created as you walk through the Guthrie's backstage areas. Discover the stunning and expanded features of this state-of-the-art facility by going behind the scenes where you'll learn how we take plays are taken from script to stage. View all three theaters and production departments including the shops where costumes, sets, and props are expertly crafted by talented artisans. A fun and engaging experience for ages 8 and older.
Group Size: no minimum, no maximum – tours led in groups of 20.
Cost: $10/adults, $6/students and seniors
Availability: Fri-Mon, 10am. Advance reservations required and scheduling flexibility for groups of 20 or more.
Tour Guide: trained docents

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Historic Theatre Tours
800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 120
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Contact: Ann Kim
Phone: (612) 373-5696
Fax: (612) 339-4146
E-mail: ann.kim@hennepintheatretrust.org
Website: www.hennepintheatredistrict.org/tours
Tour focus: Each walking tour visits one playhouse which may include the State, Orpheum or Pantages Theatre and includes exclusive access to the historic theatres' interiors., a fascinating side of the theatre the general public seldom gets to see. Guides spotlight architectural, historic and fun facts about the theaters, providing an insider's perspective on how a production is put together. Each tour lasts approximately one hour.
Group size: 5 minimum, 20 maximum
Cost: $5/person, children under 10 – free, discount for student/educational groups
Availability: Last Monday of each month, 1pm, by appointment. Other options for groups, Mon- Fri, with advance reservation. All tours meet in front of the State Theatre box office.
Tour Guide: theatre staff

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Contact:  Lynette La Rue
Phone: (612) 721-2535
Fax: (612) 721-7174
E-mail: llarue@hobt.org
Website: www.hobt.org
Tour focus: See how the use of water, flour, newspaper, paint, and unlimited imagination is combined to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. Our April tours, are especially colorful, with preparation for the annual May Day Parade, reflect puppetry's lively roots in ritual, community art and street theatre. Our Tours are available year round and are a delight for all ages and backgrounds!
Contact: Lynette La Rue
Group size: no minimum, 35 maximum
Cost: $4/person
Availability: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: theatre staff

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: tour office
Phone: (612) 870-3140
Website: www.artsmia.org
Tour focus: One-hour tour of varying interests among the museum's eighty thousand objects allows for a focus on some of the museum's vast collections. As the state's largest arts educator, the museum includes world-famous works that embody the highest levels of artistic achievement, spanning five thousand years and representing the world's diverse cultures across all continents,
Group size: no minimum for public tours, 10 for group tours, 75 maximum
Cost: Free. Some special exhibitions are ticketed – prices vary
Availability: Offered daily, year round – closed Monday. Minimum one month advance reservation is required. Additional school group conditions available from museum website.
Tour Guide: volunteer docents

Minneapolis

Region: Metro
Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (612) 375-7609
Website: www.hobt.org
Tour focus: Tours offer insight to the architecture and collection of one the nation's foremost contemporary art facilties.As a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences, the Walker examines the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.
Cost: Sculpture Garden – free. Gallery – $10/adults; $8/seniors (65+); $6/students and teens (with ID). Free to all the first Saturday monthly.
Availability: Public tours are Thu-Sun, 2pm. Private group tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance.

Montevideo

Region: Southern
"Sweet Land" Movie Tour
Historic Chippewa City
151 Arnie Anderson Drive
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-7636
Tour Focus: The tour will take you to several filming stops where the movie "Sweet Land" was filmed. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of southwestern Minnesota and enjoy learning about the sites where the movie was filmed and talking to individuals who were in or involved with the movie.
Group Size: no maximum, no minimum
Cost: $100.00/group
Availability: Group tours are available May-Oct
Tour Guide: The tour is guided by staff of the Chippewa County Historical Society

New York Mills

Region: Central
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center
24 Main Ave North
PO Box 246
New York Mills, MN 56567
Contact: Jamie Robertson
Phone: (218) 385-3339
E-mail: nymills@kulcher.org
Website: www.kulcher.org and www.think-off.org
Tour Focus: Visual arts, all media, rotating gallery shows, scheduled performances of music, literature, theater, and dance events, and scheduled classes through our Continental Divide Folk School, are available throughout the year.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 80 maximum
Cost: gallery free admission
Availability: Year-round. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, (closed Sunday & Monday)
Tour Guide: Self-guided tour

Owatonna

Region: Southern
Owatonna Arts Center
435 Garden View Lane
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: (507) 451-0533
Fax: (507) 446-0198
E-mail: owatonnaartscenter@quest.net
Website: www.oacarts.org
Tour Focus: OAC's mission to make the arts accessible to the community and to promote creativity is also a part of the personal mission of Silvan Durben, its Artistic Director from 1978 to the present. Under his guidance, the organization has thrived to become one of the top arts organizations in greater Minnesota. Its vitality is experienced in the classes that are offered every quarter for kids and adults, exhibitions by regional professional artists, and musical performances ranging from chamber music to folk. The Arts Center functions as Owatonna's living room. Come visit for a tour of facility and current exhibition.
Group Size: no maximum, no minimum
Cost: free
Availability: Year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: volunteers

Red Wing

Region: Southern
T.B. Sheldon Auditorium Theater
443 West 3rd Street
Red Wing, MN 55066
Contact: Sean Dowse
Phone: (651) 388-8700
Fax: (651) 388-8717
E-mail: buytickets@sheldontheater.org
Website: www.sheldontheater.org
Tour Focus: Programming caters to an eclectic mix of ages and tastes. Club Sheldon features everything from rock to Latin music in a party-style atmosphere. Family Adventures brings fairytales and storybooks to life for kids of all ages. Classic Films are designed for cinema buffs with a taste for silent films. American Country ranges from foot-stompin' Branson to traditional cowboy tunes. Performing Arts celebrates classical and world music, dance and theatre. Great Entertainers showcases the biggest names in show biz. School Specials offers student friendly programs which provide an entertaining learning experience for school fieldtrip groups. Built in 1904 with funds from local businessman T.B. Sheldon, it is the country's first city-owned theatre. In 1986 it was gloriously restored to its original grandeur. Described as a "glittering jewel box," it charms performers and audiences alike.
Group Size: no minimum, 436 maximum
Cost: discounted ticket price for group tours
Availability: year-round, by reservation
Tour Guide: guided

Spring Grove

Region: Southern
Bluff Country Artists Gallery
111 West Main Street
Spring Grove, MN 55974
Contact: Karen Gray
Phone: (507) 450-1373
Fax: (507) 498-5415
E-mail: bcagallery@springgrove.coop
Website: www.bluffcountryartistsgallery.org
Tour Focus: The gallery is 2900 square feet and has splendid work by 60 professional artists whose work has been juried in by a review panel of peers. Tour the facility to learn more about operations and to view the abundance of artwork.
Group Size: 2 minimum, a full bus maximum
Cost: no charge, art donations welcome
Available: year-round, by appointment
Tour Guide: volunteer staff

St. Cloud

Region: Central
Jennings Decoy Company
601 Franklin Avenue
St. Cloud, MN 56304
Contact: James Russell
Phone: (320) 253-2253
Fax: (320) 253-9537
E-mail: gunningwings@yahoo.com
Website: www.jenningsdecoycompany.com
Tour Focus: On this tour, learn about the manufacturing process of handmade, hand-carved decoys and the manufacturing process behind making wildlife giftware.
Group Size: 5 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: free
Availability: call to find out hours
Tour Guide: Donna or James Russell

St. Paul

Region: Metro
Ordway Center
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Toby Lien, House & Hospitality Manager
Phone: (651) 282-3057
Fax: (651) 282-3161
Website: www.ordway.org
E-mail: tlien@ordway.org
Tour focus: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts was designed after a European opera house and built entirely with private funds by feisty Sally Ordway Irvine and her arts advocate friends – a great lesson in living your vision!! Go under the orchestra pit, learn fascinating trivia, and see a Broadway cast-signed art wall.
Group Size: flexible
Cost: free
Availability: by appointment only
Tour Guide: trained docents

Winona

Region: Southern
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN 55987
Contact: Heather MacGraw, Curator of Education
Phone: (507) 474-6626
Fax: (507) 474-6625
E-mail: hmacgaw@minnesotamarineart.org
Website: www.minnesotamarineart.org
Tour Focus: Tours encompass the museum's three galleries, which contain a diverse range of artwork. The Leo & Marilyn Smith Gallery features the Mississippi River inspired wood carvings of regional folk artists Leo and Marilyn Smith. The Burrichter/Kierlin Gallery features works from the private B/K marine art collection of paintings and artifacts on permanent loan to the museum. The Henry Peter Bosse Gallery features cyanotype images taken of the Mississippi River in the mid 1800s.
Group Size: 10 minimum, 45 maximum
Cost: $5/person adults and seniors, $2/person k-12 groups
Availability: year-round, at least 1 week's advance notice is needed.
Tour Guide: trained docents and education staff