Arts, Culture, and Sports

If you’re looking to be immersed in culture and creativity, you’ll find plenty to do in the Twin Cities.  Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs are home to a number of world-class museums, theaters, and performing venues, making it a premier destination for art and theater lovers.   


Whatever art you like, you can find it in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area. The Weisman Art Museum on campus features early twentieth-century American artists, ceramics, and contemporary art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art offers free admission for a budget-friendly experience enabling people of all ages to gaze upon works of art from decades past to the more recent present. The Walker Art Center features the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture garden in the country. The Museum of Russian Art is the "only museum of its kind in North America," and its exhibits allow visitors to explore new and unique perspectives from Russia.


A theatrical hotspot with more theater seats per capita than anywhere outside of New York City, the Twin Cities is home to the oldest continuously running theater (Old Log Theater) and the largest dinner theater (Chanhassen Dinner Theater).  You can further satisfy your need for stage drama, comedy, and musical performances, by taking in a show at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater or the historic Orpheum Theatre.  These venues, and many more, host a variety of acts such as classical plays, Broadway touring productions, international recording artists, and local favorites like the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the James Sewell Ballet, and local up-and-coming bands.

You can also find entertainment and information about Minnesota’s rich history by checking out educational sites like the Minnesota History Center and Historic Fort Snelling.

The world-famous Mall of America is only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. With more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and a variety of attractions, it is the largest mall in the United States. Shoppers can enjoy a full day at the mall, and there is no on clothing or shoes in Minnesota.

Sports and Wellness

Minnesota is ranked as one of the healthiest states in the U.S. We have a professional sports team for all of the major leagues in the United States (American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, and Soccer).

The University of Minnesota is part of the Big 10 Conference, and students can join an intramural sports team or exercise at one of the Recreation and Wellness facilities on campus.