Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Minneapolis.

By far one of the most well-known museums in Minneapolis, Walker Art Center houses an internationally acclaimed collection of modern and contemporary visual art. The more than 11,000 works span a wide range of media, including painting,...  Read More

Dedicated to Minnesota's past, especially in regard to landscape and wildlife, this museum features dioramas that simulate actual forests, fields, streams, and swamps. The Touch and See Room provides real animal fur and bones that children love...  Read More

The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park

Tour a reconstructed 19th-century village and see how Minnesotans lived 100 years ago. Forty authentic buildings (ca. 1840-1890) are set up along 1½ miles of Minnesota River shoreline. Stroll from one end of town to the other, or take the...  Read More

South Minneapolis
Museum of Russian Art

This unique, non-profit museum maintains continuous exhibits focusing on art created during the Soviet reign between 1922 and 1991. Many of these rare paintings are pulled from the private collection of the museum's founder, Raymond E. Johnson,...  Read More

You won't find any other museums in Minneapolis quite like the American Swedish Institute. This distinctive museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century mansion, a sight in itself with intricate stone carvings and intriguing gargoyles. Once inside...  Read More

The internationally renowned Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) boasts a permanent collection of more than 89,000 items representing prehistoric to contemporary. Highlights include a 2000-year-old mummy, a collection of Impressionist works, and...  Read More

Southwest Minneapolis
The Bakken Library and Museum

The Bakken, located near Lake Calhoun, opened its doors more than 25 years ago and continues to promote education and experimentation in the fields of magnetism and electricity. The museum maintains a comprehensive collection of books and...  Read More

Mill District
Mill City Museum

Learn more about Minneapolis history via this museum's engaging interactive exhibits. Located along the historic Mississippi Riverfront, Mill City Museum is built on the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill. Today visitors can...  Read More

This Minneapolis museum's truly unique collection is a definite must-see. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum building houses the University of Minnesota's extensive collection of 20th-century American art. The permanent collection...  Read More