4601 W. Hwy 13
Savage, MN 55378
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Arts & Museums
Nestled on an 88-acre wooded site along the Minnesota River is this living history museum. Costumed guides representing 19th Century pioneers provide an interesting glimpse of immigrant life in rural Minnesota. Settlers demonstrate crafts and chat with visitors about daily life in the 19th Century. This unique collection of 40 buildings represents the homesteads of the many settlers that forged a life in the Minnesota River Valley between 1840 and 1890. Visitors may tour a fur trading post, two farmsteads, a country schoolhouse, shops and homes, all depicting a typical settlement. Guests may walk through the village on foot or opt for the horse-drawn trolley. Period music and entertainment is presented by the faux-pioneers. The site is decorated for the holidays and special events take place throughout the season. Call for information regarding group rates and special event information. Murphy's Landing is west of Valleyfair, about 40 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis.
This museum seeks to introduce Americans to the culture and art of Russia through the works on display, primarily 20th century Realist paintings - towards this end, it is a non-profit organization. It is also the only museum in the United States primarily dedicated to Russian culture. The exhibit changes from time to time and you can visit its website to find out about the present display, forthcoming events, and the history of the museum.
Travel back in history at the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. This attraction preserves the history of the electric railway in the region with two functioning railway lines and a number of restored and operating streetcars. The rail lines provide the ultimate streetcar experience, but the museum is a hub of history and education, with historical artifacts to remember the past.
This museum and library is the first of its kind in the world. Located inside a historic mansion, the Bakken is a fun place to learn about the history of electricity and electromagnetism to its present use and form. It is home to a massive collection of articles, journals and scientific instruments related to this field. Many of the permanent exhibits are interactive; experience a jolt from a century old electric machine or perhaps a visit to the Frankenstein's Laboratory will make your day. Other interesting spaces here are Ben Frankin's parlor and the library's luscious gardens. The Bakken makes for a great day out with family.
This museum takes you on a modest and slightly eccentric trip back through time to when the wireless was king of mass communication. Founded by amateur radio historian Joseph Pavek, the museum is home to an impressive collection of early radio equipment, crystal sets and other paraphernalia. Devoted to the preservation of audio and visual history, the museum features exhibits ranging from the earliest days of radio to the modern technology of today. Along with its unique collections of broadcasting gadgets, the Pavek Museum boasts one of the largest libraries of television and radio literature under one roof.
Located in Minnehaha Park, the Stevens House is the first permanent settler's dwelling within the original city of Minneapolis. Considered the birthplace of Minneapolis, history shows that meetings at this house lead to the naming of Minneapolis and the organization of Hennepin County. The Junior League of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board have restored it to its original 1849 appearance. Today the house functions as an interpretive museum, with exhibits, a parlor with furnishings from the era and video presentations. Guides dressed in period clothing describe the significance of the dwelling and the Stevens family. Children and adults can experience a number of educational activities centered on the founding of the city of Minneapolis. Group tours by appointment can be arranged.
Visitors are allowed a glimpse of the prosperous Minnesota fur trading industry by visiting this historic site. Henry Sibley, a regional manager for the American Fur Company and later Minnesota's first governor, built one of two limestone houses on the site in the mid-1830s. Jean Faribault, who had a trading post in the area, built the other limestone house to replace his original log house a couple years later. The buildings offer a fascinating observation of Minnesota pioneer history. Both men played an active role in both the fur trade and the subsequent growth of Minnesota as a territory and state.The tour includes the 1843 cold storage building, complete with furs, trading post items, tools and weapons, furniture and a price list (muskrat pelts were 8 cents in 1843). Members of the Dakota Indian tribe, who occupied the area prior to it being settled by white immigrants, perform special programs including singing and drumming.Sibley Historic Site is closed on Monday and holidays.
Soo Visual Arts Center is an exhibition space and a hub for artists to interact with viewers. Transcending the boundaries of traditional art galleries, it creates opportunities for the local community to discuss, debate, explore diverse media and art forms. The art shows challenge prevalent perceptions, identities and dimensions through paintings and installations created using unusual objects. The exhibitions also encompass new media, folk dance and other performing arts shows, along with visual forms, into the realm of art. Some shows invite entries from upcoming artists and the jury and board comprises of expert American curators, artists and museum employees. Check the website for the detailed calender of events.
Swan Turnblad, a Swedish immigrant and self-made millionaire publisher, built this mansion but he and his family lived in it only a short time. Swan and his wife, Christina, found it to be too ostentatious for their tastes, so they moved to an apartment across the street. The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has 33 rooms furnished with antiques. After Swan's death, his family founded the American Swedish Institute and donated the house to serve as its headquarters. The museum features rotating exhibits on 150-plus years of the Swedish immigration experience.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts an impressive selection of Impressionist paintings. Originally constructed in 1915, the Institute has been amazing gallery-goers with its substantial collection of over 85,000 pieces of American and European artists' works for roughly a century. Works on display here range from those by such legends as Matisse and Kandinsky to Picasso and Rodin. In addition to American and European paintings, there is also an excellent Asian collection. With free admission, there is no excuse not to check it out.
One of the Twin Cities' most unique social history museums is the Hennepin History Museum. The architecture of this museum is definitely worth a sight. The exhibitions held here provide information on the cultural growth of the urban, suburban and rural communities. A great place for people interested in art and history.
Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. Apart from its regular exhibits, the museum also plays host to innovative theater, music, dance, film, video, performance programs, and also sponsors numerous classes, workshops and lectures. The Walker Book Shop here on the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items.