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Plymouth, MN 55447
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Arts & Museums
This museum takes you on a modest and slightly eccentric trip back through time to when the wireless was king of mass communication. Founded by amateur radio historian Joseph Pavek, the museum is home to an impressive collection of early radio equipment, crystal sets and other paraphernalia. Devoted to the preservation of audio and visual history, the museum features exhibits ranging from the earliest days of radio to the modern technology of today. Along with its unique collections of broadcasting gadgets, the Pavek Museum boasts one of the largest libraries of television and radio literature under one roof.
This museum and library is the first of its kind in the world. Located inside a historic mansion, the Bakken is a fun place to learn about the history of electricity and electromagnetism to its present use and form. It is home to a massive collection of articles, journals and scientific instruments related to this field. Many of the permanent exhibits are interactive; experience a jolt from a century old electric machine or perhaps a visit to the Frankenstein's Laboratory will make your day. Other interesting spaces here are Ben Frankin's parlor and the library's luscious gardens. The Bakken makes for a great day out with family.
In close proximity to the Walker Art Center sits what many consider one of the boldest and most unique displays of art in the country, if not the entire world. Inaugurated in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a showcase for more than 40 works of art including major sculptures by George Segal, Ellsworth Kelly, Jenny Holzer, Henry Moore and Franz Lipschitz. The entrance to the 11 acre garden is bordered by Ampersand, a pair of colossal granite columns by Martin Puryear. The garden's centerpiece is the 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' sculpture and fountain by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The small conservatory is also home to a Frank Gehry-designed giant fish with scales of glass that rests on its tail.
Near the Metrodome in Minneapolis, the Original Baseball Hall of Fame Museum of Minnesota features exhibits of uniforms, baseball cards, World Series bats, autographed baseballs and photos, and clubhouse books. There is also an educational center where visitors can see how gloves and bats are made.
Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. Apart from its regular exhibits, the museum also plays host to innovative theater, music, dance, film, video, performance programs, and also sponsors numerous classes, workshops and lectures. The Walker Book Shop here on the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items.
Renowned Minneapolis artist Doug Padilla’s studio is situated on the third floor of the California Building. Pay a visit to admire his signature work in contemporary and progressive art. The eclectic space features thought-provoking paintings, collages and iconography in an array of media. Stop by the lounge for an interesting conversation with the man himself.
Soo Visual Arts Center is an exhibition space and a hub for artists to interact with viewers. Transcending the boundaries of traditional art galleries, it creates opportunities for the local community to discuss, debate, explore diverse media and art forms. The art shows challenge prevalent perceptions, identities and dimensions through paintings and installations created using unusual objects. The exhibitions also encompass new media, folk dance and other performing arts shows, along with visual forms, into the realm of art. Some shows invite entries from upcoming artists and the jury and board comprises of expert American curators, artists and museum employees. Check the website for the detailed calender of events.
More than an art studio, the House of Balls is an experience in itself. Local artist and sculptor Allen Christian uses repurposed materials as an expression of art, thus giving new life to pipes, false teeth, piano parts, brushes, bowling balls and the likes. Visitors can stop by anytime as they are open to public all day. This unique art installation is a thought-provoking addition to itineraries to Minneapolis.
Travel back in history at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. This attraction preserves the history of the electric railway in the region with two functioning railway lines and a number of restored and operating streetcars. The rail lines provide the ultimate streetcar experience, but the museum is a hub of history and education, with historical artifacts to remember the past.
Once the tallest building in the Midwest, the Foshay Tower now stands as a landmark towering above the Twin Cities. Built as homage to the Washington Monument, plumbing magnate, Wilbur Foshay commissioned the building in 1929. It stood as the tallest tower for over 40 years, until the IDS Tower was built in 1973. However, the birds-eye view of the city from the 31st floor observation deck and museum is truly spectacular and a must visit.
Wells Fargo's mid-western heritage is depicted at this museum though various exhibits which include an original 1863 Concord Coach, a recreated 1900 town bank, coins, paper currency, gold nuggets, a Northwestern National Bank weatherball, sending messages by telegraphs, and delivering in Minnesota with the "cold proof" box.
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