For more than a century, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has been a symbol of all that the city has accomplished in that time. The museum's mission was not only to bring the arts to Minneapolis but to enhance its residents culturally and socially by exposing them to great artwork from the world's cultures. Its founders, the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, wanted to ensure that the Twin Cities would be a place where the arts were accessible for all its citizens. It's one reason why general admission to the museum has always been free. (Note: Tickets may be required for some special exhibitions and events)
The museum's initial neoclassical design became a city landmark. A forward-thinking architectural firm based in New York worked to make the structure visually appealing and able to stand the test of time. Adding to these efforts came Kenzo Tange, an architect from Japan, to design the museum's expansion in 1974. With a growing population and legacy, Minneapolis' premier art institution expanded again in 2006 with a design by Michael Graves. The advances to the structure reflect the city's advances. The exhibits inside tell the same story of innovation, advancement, and community development.
Today Mia's collection comprises over 5,000 years of world art and counts more than 90,000 pieces in its collection. Whether you're an adult, child, teen or family, it offers programs for visitors of all ages alike. The museum provides school tours, free open studios, film screenings, community outreach, and projects geared toward engaging teenagers. There is no shortage of ways to enhance a trip to this incredible museum!
The exhibition space is thoughtfully designed and hosts an array of artwork. You can see the works of well-known artists like Picasso and take a cultural journey through art from China, Japan, Mexico, Africa, England, and the Americas.
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