Since March 13, Mia has been closed to the public, doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Minneapolis Institute of Art: “The first two weeks will essentially be a soft open. We’ll be asking people as they go through to survey the experience and let us know what they think, how they’re feeling and how we can enhance their visit. We want to make sure we’re getting everything right before we open up to everybody.” – Eric Bruce, Mia’s Head of Visitor Experience, talks with MinnPost‘s Pamela Espeland about our phased reopening beginning mid-July.
Plans are to reopen on Thursday, July 16. At first, Mia and other museums will be able to operate at 25 percent capacity, not to exceed 250 people in a single self-contained space.
Hastings History is the focus for many visitors. Founded in 1857, the community works hard to preserve its history both in natural and cultural historic sites. Hastings is nationally known for its Victorian architecture and has a total of 62 buildings on the National Historic Register including 33 commercial buildings, 28 private homes, and 2 churches.
Included on the walking tour map is a building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright who was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”. The walking tour map is located on the back of the city street map or parks and trails map and can be found at the Chamber Tourism Office and City Hall.
Whether you’re a tourist traveling through and need a place to rest or you’re looking for a family vacation that appeals to all ages, Visit Hastings MN has your best interests at heart.
Take a trip back in time with a visit to historic sites like The LeDuc Mansion, City Hall or enjoy a unique shopping and dinning experience in our Historic Downtown. If you’re into winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing, this is the place to get your fill. Lake Rebecca is located right next to the Mississippi River and offers a safe, diverse fishing experience. There are also numerous lodging and camping options for visitors or even residents looking for a weekend getaway.
If you’re an avid golfer, there are plenty of courses to challenge you and your friends. Being within 20 miles from St. Paul, you’ll have access to big-city shopping centers, sporting events, and wildlife reserves. Other things to take advantage of include a brewery, vineyards and orchards, art studios, and 30 miles of scenic bike and walking trails.
In a world full of manufactured experiences, we have very few opportunities to fully immerse ourselves in authenticity. Glensheen offers one of those rare chances. Come see why Glensheen Mansion, perched on the shore of Lake Superior, is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. Our 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.
Chester and Clara Congdon built Glensheen between 1905 and 1908 as their home. This influential family is known for opening up iron mining in this region and setting aside land for public use, such as the North Shore Scenic Highway and Congdon Park. Glensheen was donated to the University of Minnesota and opened as a historic house museum in 1979 and, here’s the amazing part: the collection is intact. The top hat in the closet? That was Chester Congdon’s. The letters in the desk drawer? Those were written by Clara. The sheets in the linen closet? Organized by the Congdons’ 2nd-floor maid nearly 100 years ago. And that’s just inside the mansion… Keep scrolling to find out more!
“I will have quiet neighbours,” Clara Congdon wrote in her diary, referring to the cemetery to the west of Glensheen. Nestled between Tischer Creek, Bent Brook, and Lake Superior, Chester and Clara Congdon envisioned a home that would serve as a calming refuge for their family for generations to come. 3300 London Road, Glensheen’s address, was considered far-removed in 1905, the year construction began. By 1908, after three years and nine months, Glensheen was completed by transforming the heavily wooded area into an efficient yet magnificent estate. By all accounts this conversion was not an easy task. The Congdons, the architect Clarence H. Johnston, the landscape architect Charles W. Leavitt, and the interior designer William A. French collaborated on the project. Glensheen is a testament to the skills and craftsmanship available more than 100 years ago.
The Congdon estate originally included 22 acres of lakeshore property. At the time, the area was heavily wooded and the shoreline was rugged, yet the Congdons saw the potential for a gracious, formal estate and practical home for a busy family with six children. Charles Wellford Leavitt, Jr. was a civil and landscape engineer with offices in New York City. As the landscape architect of Glensheen, Charles was directed by the Congdons to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the property as possible. He was also charged with making the estate self-sufficient, which required plans for a large vegetable garden, a greenhouse, an orchard, a cow barn and a water reservoir.
Relax by the Lake with us. Walk to the end of the Pier. Stack rocks near the shore. Skip rocks into the Lake. Listen to the rolling waves. All are perks of a Grounds Pass when visiting Glensheen. The grounds are now open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily.
Grounds passes are $5 for adult non-members and free for those 15 years old & under with a paid adult Grounds Pass. Members, UMD students, and Active Military Personnel also receive FREE grounds passes. Learn more at glensheen.org.
Sharing stories in and around the Northeast Minneapolis community. No corner of our community is free from racial injustices. We are facing uncomfortable truths and want to face them head on together to work for change.
We also see that through our community’s losses, beauty is blossoming in the form of mural art and togetherness and the visual call to action is clear.
Here’s what @preserveminneapolis is doing: As a way of standing in solidarity and preserving George Floyd’s memory, we are creating a public online exhibition of this outpouring of street art across the city of Minneapolis.
“I am reminded of Shakespeare’s words: “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” I grieve as our city struggles with the senseless murder of yet another unarmed black man, even as we continue to grieve the global pandemic that has cost so many lives and destroyed so many dreams.
Starting today the Guthrie will run the words “George Floyd” on one of our rooftop LED signs, and “Nothing can be changed until it is faced” on another. The full line “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” was written by the brilliant James Baldwin. We are making this change in acknowledgment and support of our black community members who are suffering the trauma of continued, relentless, systemic racism. We know and have said before that systemic biases require systemic solutions, and we have a role to play in offering our commitment to the black community and in taking a stance against such profound injustice.
It is hard (for me at least) not to feel utterly defeated in such a terrible time, but we will remain committed to our values, we will rise in solidarity with those who seek the light of justice, and we will move forward as one community.” – Joseph Haj, Artistic Director
Franconia Sculpture Park provides physically and intellectually wide open spaces where all are inspired to participate in the creative process.
Franconia Sculpture Park is the pre-eminent, artist-centered sculpture park in the Midwest. Founded in 1996, Franconia provides physically and intellectually wide-open spaces that inspire new ways of thinking through access to contemporary sculpture, installation and land art. Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia operates a 43-acre outdoor museum, active artist residency program, and a depth and breadth of arts programming for a diverse and engaged public. Franconia is located in Shafer, Minnesota, and is free and open to the public 365 days a year from dawn to dusk.