Minnesota's Most Memorable Murals

By Erica Wacker

Minnesota's most iconic murals can be found in big cities and small towns all across the state. Some are decades old, while others are new additions. Use the map below and plan a road trip to see them all.

  1. St. Paul
    Minnesota mural State Fairgrounds

    An essential photo op at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds / Janell M. Blakley

    St. Paul

    A selfie with the "Greetings from Minnesota" mural is a must for every State Fair-goer—all 2 million of them. Susan Warner's glass art mosaic debuted in 2008 to commemorate the state's sesquicentennial.

  2. Minneapolis
    Bob Dylan mural downtown Minneapolis

    Bob Dylan mural in downtown Minneapolis / Bill Hickey, courtesy Meet Minneapolis

    Minneapolis

    One of the city's newest murals is a tribute to one of the state's most famous sons, Bob Dylan. Created in 2015 by Eduardo Kobra, it depicts three stages of the singer's life.

  3. Bemidji
    Bemidji mural

    Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox mural, Bemidji

    Bemidji

    You can't miss the North Country Skateshop in Paul Bunyan & Babe's hometown thanks to this colorful, graffiti-inspired mural that adorns the side of the building.

  4. Henderson
    A mural of Prince on a brick building in downtown Henderson

    This Henderson mural pays tribute to the late Prince

    Henderson

    With homages to Prince all around the Twin Cities, an impressive mural and memorial bench surrounded by purple flowers are worth a special trip to Henderson. A few scenes from "Purple Rain" were filmed here, about an hour south of Minneapolis.

  5. Bloomington
    Minnesota mural Mall of America

    Chuck U's Minnesota mural at Mall of America in Bloomington / @amar_1109

    Bloomington

    The ultimate #OnlyinMN photo op is at Mall of America for a limited time. Renowned local artist Chuck U originally designed this larger-than-life postcard to welcome visitors during Super Bowl LII.

  6. Perham
    Perham Loon mural

    Cindee Lundin's concrete mural features hidden icons about the area

    Perham

    Installed in 2014 and measuring 70 feet long, artist Cindee Lundin's concrete mural, "Waves of Discovery," weighs 4,000 pounds and features a family of loons plus 50 hidden homages to the area.

  7. Duluth
    Duluth Lincoln Park mural

    Lincoln Park is Duluth's fastest-growing neighborhood

    Duluth

    Local artist Paul LaJeunesse's "Lincoln Park" mural depicts the changing neighborhood's blue collar past and culinary-driven present. Find it outside Frost River Trading Co.

  8. Crosby
    Cuyuna Lakes Crosby mural

    A mural in downtown Crosby chronicles the region's mining-to-biking transformation

    Crosby

    This prominent mural in downtown Crosby depicts the Cuyuna Lakes region's transformation from mining to outdoor recreation hub, thanks in large part to the development of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

  9. Virginia
    Cruising Main mural Virginia

    'Cruising Main' is one of eight murals in the Iron Range

    Virginia

    A series of eight murals in this Iron Range town depicts the life and history of the area. This one, called "Cruising Main," can be found at the corner of Chestnut Street and North First Avenue.

  10. International Falls
    Border Theatre mural International Falls

    International Falls commemorates the former Border Theatre

    International Falls

    In operation for 40 years, the historic Border Theatre is commemorated with this beautiful mural, located on Third Street just down the road from Smokey Bear Park.

  11. Red Wing
    Red Wing mural

    A historic look at the river town of Red Wing

    Red Wing

    A life-size postcard of this charming Mississippi River town was painted to celebrate the city's history. Find it at Third and Plum streets downtown.

  12. Mankato
    Kids painting Old Town Mankato mural

    Kids painting a colorful mural in Old Town Mankato / Katie Adelman

    Mankato

    Community members helped local artist Michael Cimino paint this new mural in Old Town Mankato, called "One for All." 

  13. Stillwater
    Stillwater mural

    You'll have to find the alley where this Stillwater mural is hiding

    Stillwater

    Tucked away in downtown Stillwater's Union Alley, this colorful mural is a popular backdrop for engagement photos.

  14. Fosston
    Fosston Thirteen Towns mural

    Picture the Fosston of the past in the 'Thirteen Towns' mural

    Fosston

    You can't miss the "Thirteen Towns" mural as you drive through Fosston, depicting life here at the turn of the century.

Erica Wacker

Erica Wacker is a Midwesterner through and through, growing up in Illinois, going to college in Wisconsin, and settling down in Minnesota. She loves to run, travel with her family, and go to concerts to relive her youth.