Arts and animals in the Twin Cities

Tour Number

Activity Level

548223


Categories

Youth and Family, Hiking and Walking, First Time Visitor, City

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers.

Friendly: Yes.
The Minneapolis skyway system is wheelchair accessible.

Maximum travelers: 5

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

A tour of architecture and public art, two art museums, a Natural History museum, and a zoo


We will start with a walk through part of Minneapolis' skyway system to see buildings designed by some of the 20th Century's most renowned architects -- Phillip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, and SOM. Along the way, we will see plenty of public art (statuary, sculpture, murals and friezes).

We will then visit:

(1) the Minneapolis Institute of Art (with collections of American, European, Asian, African and Native American art);
(2) the newly moved and re-opened Bell Museum of Natural History (with a planetarium and famous murals);
(3) the Como Park Zoo in St. Paul (exhibits that house primates, big cats, and polar bears, as well as a plant conservatory); and
(4) the newly re-opened Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul.

We will probably have lunch at the cafe at the Bell Museum.

We will end the day with a visit to St. Paul's artists' colony in its Lowertown neighborhood.

Itinerary

During the skyway part of the tour, we will visit the following buildings/locations:

IDS Center (with its Crystal Court atrium and architectural "zogs");
Nicollet Mall (newly updated and re-opened pedestrian mall;
Skyway system (a lively and active second story network of walkways throughout the downtown buildings); Cappella Tower (with its half crown top and exhibit of Chihuly pieces);
Famers and Mechanic's Bank Building (outside sculptures); and
Minneapolis City Hall (Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and interior sculptures and design details).

Then we will visit:

Minneapolis Institute of Art (collections of American, European, Asian, African and Native American art);
Bell Museum of Natural History (with a planetarium and famous murals);
Como Park Zoo in St. Paul (exhibits include primates, big cats, and polar bears, as well as a plant conservatory);
Minnesota Museum of American Art;
Artists' colony in Lowertown neighborhood in downtown St. Paul.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

Transportation

This is a walking/driving tour of various spots in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I will pick you up (and drop you off) at your hotel in my Chevy Traverse (with seating for up to 5 passengers).

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Estimated Local Cash Needed

65 USD - The Bell Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art have entrance fees of about $15 per person. So $30 will cover those fees (I will pay my own entrance fees). We will stop for lunch at some point, and $35 should more than cover such an expense.

What’s Extra

  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: Entrance fees to the Bell Museum and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

Otherwise, there are no anticipated extra expenses.

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    Tour Price

    650 USD(for up to 5 people) (duration: 7 hours 30 min.) deposit ?

  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    548223


    Categories

    Youth and Family, Hiking and Walking, First Time Visitor, City

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for mature teenagers.

    Friendly: Yes.
    The Minneapolis skyway system is wheelchair accessible.

    Maximum travelers: 5

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent)

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