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Franconia Sculpture Park

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Address: 29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, MN 55074
Phone Number: 651-465-3701
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An oddly entertaining place

If you like unusual art, this is the place. While many of the sculptures are just plain strange or even creepy, some are thought provoking and some very touching. Worth a walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Ramsey, Minnesota
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Ramsey, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

If you like unusual art, this is the place. While many of the sculptures are just plain strange or even creepy, some are thought provoking and some very touching. Worth a walk through for sure.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

FREE and open the public 365 days a year! 43 acres of the unusual, the bizarre the funky the intelligent the delightful the groovy and awesome. Great for ALL ages, but you will need to be able to walk some. Cleared (mowed and some graveled) trails wind around and in and through the sculptures and terrain can be uneven but... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Franconia Sculpture Park is a large, open area full of interesting sculptures and art. Most of the exhibits are hands-on which means you can touch and explore them. There are a few exhibits that you can climb into and on including a large playscape near the main house. This is a free park, but they have a donation station along... More 

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Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Every year --for the last five year-- we go to Franconia hot metal pour. It was a good experience for the first three.. getting worse last year. This year, we are very disappointed tho. Seemed like there were no coordination from the people who ran the program. We bought the mold online and came early (at 10am) to the program,... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Really neat sculpture park north of the cities. It's worth the drive - bring a picnic basket and stop on your way to Taylors Falls. It would make a great day trip.

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Friends told us about this place and we allowed extra time from our travels from North Shore to the Twin Cities to see the sculpture park. We were told it is very eclectic and you can speak with the artists who are selected to be artists in residence and creating their individual pieces. As the other reviews have mentioned, it... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Driving down the highway we noticed some very unique sculptures off to the side, we turned around and went back to look at this very interesting park. Lots of parking, and even an overflow lot. First thing we noticed that the entrance is free, how nice is that!! To keep this park open--- there is a spot for donations. We... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This place has lots of interesting sculptures to see. Some you can climb on or sit on. Some you can't. You can walk around this park to see all of them. There is no fee to enter the park. You can donate if you'd like. It's a nice stop to get out of the car to stretch your legs. They... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

While attending the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour we happened upon Franconia Sculpture Park near Shafer, Minnesota. It is a collection of whimsical, colorful, fun sculpture and constructions set in an open tract of land set amongst farmland in the St. Croix Valley. It's a delight for the eye for young and old alike. Perfect stop while meandering through this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

A long time ago I was off on an adventure, & ended up stumbling upon Franconia Sculpture Park. I literally could not miss this place as I was driving down the highway I looked out of the corner of my eye and saw a 60 foot tall silver men I had to pull over and investigate! What I discovered was... More 

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