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The Front Facade of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.

The Front Facade of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.

Clara James

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MIA, is a world-class art gallery and museum in Minneapolis. The museum was founded in 1889. Construction on the present museum in Minneapolis's Whittier neighborhood began early in the 20th century and was completed in 1915. To accommodate the growing collection, a minimalist addition designed by Kenzo Tange was opened, and in 2006, the Target wing, designed by Michael Graves, opened, increasing the gallery space by over a third.

The museum has nearly 100,000 objects from all around the world, representing prehistoric to 21st century art.

Notable collections are the Asian art collections, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country, the African Art collection, and the Native American art collection. There is also a large Modern Art collection.

It is too large to be seen in a day. If you only have a short amount of time to visit, or want a beginner's introduction, pick up one of the self-guided tour leaflets at the entrance to see the museum's most popular, interesting or unusual items in about an hour.

Tour guides escort the public around the museum in daily scheduled tours. Tours are free and need no reservations. Check the MIA's website for a schedule of tours.

The museum is free to visit, so take your time, enjoy the exhibits, and come back again.

As well as the permanent collections, several special events and ever-changing exhibitions happen at the MIA.

There is a pay parking lot adjacent to the museum. Additionally, on-street parking can usually be found within a block or three of the MIA.

The museum has a restaurant and coffee shop, and it is two blocks away from Nicollet Avenue's "Eat Street" with a wide range of restaurants.

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