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Coon Rapids, MN 55448
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Arts & Museums
The Banfill Locke Center for The Arts is committed to the idea that art makes a difference to society and strives to promote awareness and appreciation for the same within the community. Housed within the historic Banfill Tavern and Locke House, the center has a wide variety of programs including drawing, painting and photography classes, exhibitions and family events, for all ages and abilities. The center also features a gift shop, art gallery, as well as artist and writer studios. It operates from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10:00a and 4:00p.
A short distance from the Northeast Art District, Svedberg Studios is an art installation in itself. Home of artist Lauri Svedberg, this property has been her expression of art since purchasing it in 1979. From the wood-planked exterior and skylights, to hand-painted furniture and murals indoors, the decor showcases her versatility in an array of media. Visit this place for a personalized tour by the friendly artist herself.
James J. Hill's North Oaks Farm is a beautiful open air museum that features 3,300 acres (1,300 hectares) of land. The trails through the farm are used for walking, running, biking, etc. The Blacksmith Shop and Machine Shop was used as a place where the horses were shod and the hinges and the wagon wheels were constructed here that were to be used on the farm.
Renowned Minneapolis artist Doug Padilla’s studio is situated on the third floor of the California Building. Pay a visit to admire his signature work in contemporary and progressive art. The eclectic space features thought-provoking paintings, collages and iconography in an array of media. Stop by the lounge for an interesting conversation with the man himself.
The Firefighter's Hall & Museum chronicles and commemorates the bravery and heroism of the Fire Department. Located in an unassuming building, this museum showcases artifacts and memorabilia recovered from iconic tragedies in the years gone by. Exhibitions feature archives, an aerial ladder, an engine, exhaust fans, a fire alarm telegraph system and several other firefighting equipments. The hall is rented out for community and private events.
More than an art studio, the House of Balls is an experience in itself. Local artist and sculptor Allen Christian uses repurposed materials as an expression of art, thus giving new life to pipes, false teeth, piano parts, brushes, bowling balls and the likes. Visitors can stop by anytime as they are open to public all day. This unique art installation is a thought-provoking addition to itineraries to Minneapolis.
Formerly a soap factory, this space of the same name was home to the National Purity Soap Company. It is now an independent and vibrant art gallery showcasing an eclectic program of contemporary and progressive art. It retains some of the factory interiors and industrial atmosphere with exposed beams and unrefined equipment that make for a unique backdrop to exhibitions and performing arts.
The Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life compares the lives of Minnesota Pioneers with those of the Dakotah Indians who lived in the region. Costumed interpreters give tours of the site, which includes a 19th Century farm house, a unique one-room school house, barns, farm animals, a replica sod house, Dakotah tipi and artifacts, bark lodge, pioneer and Dakotah gardens, and more.
An architecture-buff's dream, this library is an all-purpose learning center and inviting haven for Minneapolis residents and visitors alike. Completed in the spring of 2006, the building immediately garnered rave reviews for its innovative use of light and existing surroundings, making it one of the best examples of the city's varied architectural style. The library itself houses the fourth-largest collection of any metropolitan library in the country, as well as large special collections, public art, and educational centers (it even has its own coffee bar!).
Once the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum aims to showcase the ins and outs of the intricate process of milling. The flour milling industry was one of the top industries in Minneapolis and the museum will show visitors the vast history of flour production. Walk through the old factory and take in the sights. Don't forget to checkout their classes, lectures and many other special events that take place throughout the year.
Whether you are strolling through the exhibit space or browsing through the hand-made paper items in the gift shop, you will find something to make you stop and say "ooh." Anyone who has a love affair with anything paper will want to at least purchase a handmade note card or grab a schedule to see what classes are being offered. Wear your old jeans and shoes that can get wet when you take a class. You will come away with a new appreciation for the history of book-making and the beautiful things that are possible using these art forms. Located in the Open Book literary center, the MCBA's mission is to make sure that no one forgets the joy of touching books. Classes are offered in paper making, binding techniques, printing, and many other varied art forms, and the schedule always includes something for kids.
Kids and adults alike love the touch-and-see room at this cozy museum located on the University of Minnesota campus. Snake skins, animal pelts and bones, rocks and fossils can be felt, picked up and examined. In addition, there are fascinating 3-dimensional displays of Minnesota's major habitats as they were more than 150 years ago complete with lifelike animals and plants. More than 100 species of Minnesota birds and animals are shown in their native surroundings. The museum's store has an excellent selection of wildlife and ecology books. Admission is free on Sundays. See website for more details.