How to See Museums in Minneapolis all Summer Long for Free!

Last updated on October 17th, 2017

One Museum Every Weekend, museums in minneapolisAre you looking for a way to entertain your kids all summer long? The Twin Cities has a bunch of great art museums you can check out that won’t cost you a thing. Take a look at my list.MM

Museums in Minneapolis


Minneapolis Art Institute

Open Tuesday – Sunday to the public, it’s considered one of the best museums for the range of items. They have everything from Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces. If you can only go to one museum, make sure you stop here. They have something for everyone. For more, check out Getting lost at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

One of the most photographed museums in the Twin Cities. It is currently under constructions and will be opened up again in summer of 2017. They do have the Spoonbridge and Cherry still on display through the renovations.


Minneapolis State Capital

The capital is currently closed to the public during its renovation. It will reopen its public tours early 2017. Self-Guided tours of the Capital mall are still available. For a self-guided tour call 877-411-4123 to access the History on the Spot Cell Phone Tours.

Tours held every day for free


Minnehaha Depot

Located in Minnehaha park, historic train depot is the first train station on the west bank of the Mississippi River. You can walk on the platform, explore the station. On Sunday from 1-5pm, Memorial Day – Labor Day, view exhibits about early railroad history.


Como Zoo and Conservatory

The Zoo is open year round. In summer from 10-6pm and winter from 10-4pm. They host a variety of different animals, garden, art and family fun. They have an amusement park on site that cost, but everything else I free. They ask for donations to help fund the park.


Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis

Open Tuesday – Sunday, this modern art gallery is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota. The Weisman Art Museum was established in 1934 and prides itself on being a teaching museum. Its mission is to create art experiences that spark discovery. Free Tours available on Saturdays and Sundays at 1.





Bell Museum of National History

Free on Sundays

The Bell Museum of National History inspires those curious about life to be part of the story through hands-on experiences with the University of Minnesota.


Minnesota Children’s Museum

Third Sunday of the Month

The Museum is a place where kids can learn and explore. The place is filled with all kinds of hands-on activities. I like to think of it as a giant playground where kids don’t know they are learning. Free Admission on the Third Sunday of the month for the St. Paul location only.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Wander the paths and check out what’s in bloom. Great place to take pictures and or get some fresh air. Every Thursday in the winter and the Third Thursday from 4:30-8pm during the summer you can get in for free.



Walker Art Center

Free the first Sunday of the month & Thursdays after 5pm

The Walker Art Center focuses on the visual, performing and media arts of our time.


If your top museum is not on the list or if you want to go on a different day, check out SmartPass. This is a great program run and all you need is a library card. If your library is participating, you can get special tickets to some of these museums, along with tons of others in the Twin Cities. I was even able to get some Children’s Theatre tickets this way.


Now’s your chance to share, what is your favorite museum? I think mine is probably either the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the Children’s Museum in St. Paul. Post your favorite in the comments and tell us why. I would love to hear.

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