Friday, September 2, 2011

Experience Art In Person

After spending a year studying art history in Florence, Italy, where most of my classes took place in various museums in and around the city - the idea that art is meant to be experienced in person was reaffirmed and forever solidified in my mind. It's difficult to achieve an authentic response to a work of art when it's glaring back at you from your computer screen or from a page in a book. 
Going to an art museum is a wonderful way to expose yourself to different cultures around the world, brush up on your history, and gain new perspectives. This holiday weekend would be a great one to get out and explore what your city has to offer! I've included a list of art museums in the Twin Cities below to help you get started.  

Minneapolis Institute of Art :: Free daily admission, Third Thursdays from 6-9 pm, and Target Family Day one Sunday every month where you'll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local artists, musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more! 

Walker Art Center :: $10 adults; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students (with ID), Target Free Thursday Nights 5-9 pm, Free First Saturdays every month.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden :: Free daily admission, adjacent to the Walker Art Center, the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.

Weisman Art Museum :: Free daily admission - the museum is currently closed to the public through fall 2011 as part of its major expansion project. 

The Museum of Russian Art :: $7 adults; voluntary donations are suggested for students and are accepted on behalf of children. 

If the cost of admission is an issue, the Museum Adventure Pass offers Twin Cities metro library members free admission for up to 2 people at participating museums and other organizations. What a deal! 

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