Foshay Museum and Observation Deck

821 S Marquette Ave Minneapolis

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Foshay Museum and Observation Deck

Built in 1929 as a tribute to the Washington Monument, the Foshay Tower dominates the Minneapolis skyline inviting all to discover what's inside. When it was erected, the Foshay Tower was Minneapolis' tallest building and remained so for nearly 50 years. The structure is named for Wilbur Foshay who envisioned the tower long before it was built.

Wilbur Foshay was, by all appearances, a shrewd businessman. He bought and sold several utility companies and amassed great wealth doing so. But his legacy would be tarnished after he found himself in major legal trouble. Discover more about Wilbur Foshay and his towering and simultaneously debasing endeavor on a visit to this historic landmark!

The tower's legacy also faced a few stumbling blocks along the way as its completion was right before the Great Depression. Once a very financially independent magnate, Wilbur faced financial trouble that would have him in debt for the duration of the nation's crisis.

The Museum

The Foshay Tower Museum details its history from merely a dream to a sky-scraping reality. The history is told through a small series of exhibits. From newspaper articles to multimedia presentations, you'll see what life was like for Wilbur and others during a time when the nation was in crisis. Adding to your experience is the interior design of the space. There are marble floors and gold-plated fixtures and chandeliers. Even the elevator doors are works of art!

View from the Top

The Foshay Tower's observatory is located on the 32nd floor of the building. The elevators take you to the 30th floor, where the museum is located, and two flights of stairs will get you to the observation deck. The views from the top are Instagram-worthy! Take in the 365-degree views of the city and reflect on the building's past, present, and future. Or, brush up on those selfie skills. Whatever brings you to the Foshay Tower will be well worth the experience.

Tower Tip

Today the Foshay building is the location of the W Minneapolis hotel. All visitors may purchase tickets from the hotel's front desk. Tickets for adults are $12 and children under 12 years old are free. However, if you are a guest of the hotel, admission to the observation deck is free!

Cover Image Credit: Doug Wallick via Flickr is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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