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Weisman Art Museum

333 E River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-9494
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Ranked #26 of 114 attractions in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Description: Located on the campus of the University of Minnesota, this museum features fine arts from the contemporary period.
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Valley City, North Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Had some time to waste so we wandered through here. It was interesting and allowed us to use up our time pretty well. The building itself is pretty neat too!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Not a big friend of Frank Gehry because I don't see any elements of green, efficiency in his design, and sometimes it reminds me of rubble of a metal building hit by an earthquake - Lou Rovo Center for Brian for example. But I have to admit his works are very eye catching and futuristic. Anyway, the architecture definitely worth... More

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Gilbert, AZ
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145 reviews 145 reviews
76 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We got here on a Monday and the museum was closed. Finding parking was a nightmare, but if you are patient, there is parking under the facility. The building itself is on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus so it is not hard to get to, just finding a parking place is hard. My review rating is based... More

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Raleigh, NC
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169 reviews 169 reviews
15 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you don't like spending hours in massive museums like the Met or MOMA in NYC, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, or the Louvre, you'll really enjoy the Weisman. Designed by Frank Gehry, it houses an eclectic assortment of pieces donated to the University of Minnesota (especially many works on paper such as sketches and ink drawings), and has special exhibits... More

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Cambridge
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This museum has a great building and that's worth seeing. Collection is 'eclectic'---typical of university art museums---but with some nice pieces. The gift shop is fun. You'd enjoy it for an hour or so.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

. . . although that's certainly a remarkable element. Road construction in the area seems to have been completed so it's a little less challenging to find. It houses an excellent modern art collection and great special exhibits and, at least when we visited, entrance is free. They ask for a donation.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The Weisman is such a beautiful building and the curators are very knowledgeable. Excellent way to spend an afternoon.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We originally were just interested in seeing the Frank Gehry building. Fair warning - if you don't know the area, you WILL get lost, even tho it's an unmistakable iconic building. After taking so long getting there, we had to go inside! It was actually larger than it first appeared - we could have stayed longer if we had the... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

A fun eclectic collection of collections donated to the University for generations. Don't miss the New Mexico pottery. Be sure to read the plaques -- many tell great stories.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Frank Ghery's design is about the only good thing about this museum at U of M campus. I would not waste time inside since the art exhibits are quite erratic and average at best. It's a nice photographic subject from the outside though.

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