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Arts, Culture & Heritage

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Step inside a traditional Aqal Soomaali at the Somali Museum of Minnesota

Spark Your Senses, Engage Your Mind

With an abundance of outstanding theaters, music centers, museums and galleries, Minnesota is home to one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the country. Museums feature history and heritage collections as well as thought-provoking art exhibits that provide rich educational and inspirational experiences. Masterful dance performances, concerts and plays span a gamut of genres, catering to diverse interests. Find performances, art exhibits and history events in the Festivals & Events calendar.

Visual Arts: Local to Global Perspectives

Esteemed art museums and galleries exhibit classic and contemporary artworks by regional, national and international artists. Explore thousands of years of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, contemporary masterpieces at the Walker Art Center, and work by local and regional artists at countless galleries and art centers sprinkled across Minnesota's cities and towns.

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Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden Blue Rooster

Katharina Fritsch, Hahn/Cock (2013/2017) Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the Walker Art Center / Gene Pittman, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Sculptures and paintings in Lanesboro art gallery

Lanesboro Arts sells works by more than 90 regional artists / Vital Traffic Labs

Atrium gallery at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Just south of downtown, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is one of the best free art museums in America / @vevoviolin

A Legacy of Great Theater & Dance

Minnesota’s historic and state-of-the-art theaters showcase a full spectrum of entertainment, from movies to touring Broadway musicals to locally produced plays. Dance companies bring the power, passion and virtuosity of movement to the stage, and festivals highlight a wide range of performing arts year-round.

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The Guthrie Theater in the snow

The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis / Bonnie Fechter

People leaving a performance at the Bemidji Chief Theater

The Chief Theater is a local landmark in Bemidji

Actors on stage at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona

"Comedy of Errors" at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson / Dan Norman

A Rich Tapestry of Diverse Cultures

Historic sites and heritage museums tap into Minnesota's past and present, immersing visitors in the roots and traditions of the Native American, Scandinavian, Hmong and Somali cultures that shape daily life in the state. Learn about indigenous heritage in the Minnesota River Valley, explore global influences throughout the state and discover the legend and lore surrounding Paul Bunyan.

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Hjemkomst Viking ship

The Hjemkomst Viking ship once sailed to Norway / Davin Wait, Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley

Kids play on the Paul Bunyan statue in Akeley

Young dancer in pow wow regalia

A young dancer in powwow regalia at the Mahkato Wacipi / Karla Caspari

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