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Tourist Offices

Meet Minneapolis

Address: Suite 1300, 250 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis,
Telephone: (612) 767 8000.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

Website: http://www.meetminneapolis.com

Visit Saint Paul

Address: Suite 502, 175 West Kellogg Boulevard, St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 265 4900.
Opening times: Website: http://www.visitstpaul.com

Attractions

Science Museum of Minnesota

This city favourite combines science and entertainment, with plenty of hands-on and high-tech exhibits amid the outstanding collections of fossils and artefacts. The McKnight-3M Omnitheater shows state-of-the-art IMAX films on a 27m (90ft) diameter screen and there are also 3D laser shows.

Address: St Paul, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 221 9444.
Opening times:

Sun-Wed 0930-1900, Thu-Sat 0930-2200.

Website: http://www.smm.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Housed in a striking white marble Beaux Arts building, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts contains an outstanding collection of over 85,000 artworks, dating back to 2000 BC. These range from old masters and contemporary regional art to Asian and African pieces. Highlights include a fine collection of French Impressionists, a tapestry collection and period rooms.

Address: Minneapolis, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: 1 888 642 2787.
Opening times:

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun 1000-1700, Thurs 1000-2100.

Website: http://www.artsmia.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Walker Art Center

One of the country's top contemporary art centres, the Walker Art Center has a revolving collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture featuring works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning and other leading artists. A building expansion that doubled the Walker's size was completed in 2005. The adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden covers 4 hectares (11 acres) and is the largest urban sculpture garden in the USA.

Address: Minneapolis, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (612) 375 7600.
Opening times:

Tue-Wed and Sat-Sun 1100-1700, Thurs-Friday 1100-2100 (museum); daily 0600-2400 (garden).

Website: http://www.walkerart.org
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Minnesota State Capitol

The Italian Renaissance-style State Capitol building (1904) is an architectural masterpiece. Over two dozen varieties of marble, granite and sandstone were used in its construction and throughout the lavish interior. With an impressive display of statuary and flags, the rotunda and second level are a memorial to Minnesota Civil War volunteers. The crowning glory is the unsupported marble dome, which rises 73m (220ft) high. Its hilltop location affords sweeping views over the city and Mississippi River Valley. Guided tours are available.

Address: St Paul, 75 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 296 2881.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 0830-1600, Sat 1000-1500 and Sun 1300-1600.

Website: http://www.mnhs.org/statecapitol
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Mill City Museum

The old Gold Medal Flour factory is now a unique museum. An entertaining Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat chronicles the area's history. It recalls the time when Minneapolis was the world's milling capital of the world. Visitors can board a renovated freight elevator, the Flour Tower, sit on its bleacher-like seats and move up and down the eight stories. With lights, sound, and commentary from actual mill workers, they learn about flour milling. On the eighth floor there is a sweeping view of the Mississippi and St. Anthony Falls.

Address: Minneapolis, 704 South Second Street, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (612) 341 7555.
Opening times:

Tues-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.millcitymuseum.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Mall of America

The largest mall in in the USA boasts 520 shops, including big names like Macy's and Bloomingdales. Restaurants and entertainment venues abound. For the kids, there is Lego, a four-storey space dedicated to this popular children's game, and Nickelodeon Universe. Other distractions include Undersea Adventures Aquarium, Silicon Motor Speedway, a comedy club and theatres.

Address: Bloomington, Off Hwy 494 between 24th Avenue south and Hwy 77, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (952) 883 8800.
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-2130, Sat 0930-2130, Sun 1100-1900.

Website: http://www.mallofamerica.com
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

James J Hill House

Life in America's so-called 'Gilded Age' (the late 19th century) is on display in the former home of Great Northern Railway magnate James J Hill. The enormous stone Richardsonian Romanesque mansion, completed in 1891, measures 3,240 sq metres (36,000 sq ft) and is an ode to opulence, with crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows, sky-lit art gallery, intricate wood carving and a huge pipe organ. It's best to reserve tours in advance.

Address: St Paul, 240 Summit Avenue, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 297 2555.
Opening times:

Wed-Sat 1000-1530 and Sun 1300-1530.

Website: http://www.mnhs.org/hillhouse
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Frederick R Weisman Art Museum

This museum features American artists of the early 20th century, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley and Alfred Maurer, as well as work by contemporary artists. The 'World's Fair Mural' at the entrance is by Roy Lichtenstein. The brick and stainless steel building is itself a sculptural masterpiece, designed by Frank Gehry, in 1993.

Address: Minneapolis, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (612) 625 9494.
Opening times:

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat-Sun 1000-1700; Thurs 1000-2000.

Website: http://www.weisman.umn.edu
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

The 100-year-old-plus facility is more than just a zoo, although there are interesting animal attractions like the seal show. With a frog pond and Japanese garden, the adjacent glassed-domed conservatory is charming. Como Town is a small amusement park for tots and right outside is a lovely covered carousel with hand-carved animals. The park itself is surrounded by a golf course, lake and walking paths.

Address: St Paul, 1225 Estabrook Drive, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 487 8201.
Opening times:

Apr-Sept 1000-1800 daily, Oct-Mar 1000-1600 daily.

Website: http://www.comozooconservatory.org
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Cathedral of St Paul

Set on a hill, overlooking the city and the Mississippi River, this impressive cathedral is one of the country’s largest churches. It seats 3000 people. Opening in 1915, it took nearly a decade to build. It is topped by an enormous 57m-high (186ft) copper dome. The Shrines of Nations honour the various nationalities that have settled in Minnesota.

Address: St Paul, 239 Selby Avenue at Summit Avenue, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 228 1766.
Opening times:

Sun - Fri: 0700- 1900; Sat: 0700-2100.

Website: http://www.cathedralsp.org
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Minnesota History Center

A fantastic snapshot of Minnesota history and culture. Minnesota's Greatest Generation includes a 1940s-war equipment factory, 1950s TVs, motel sign, soda fountain, 1954 Ford, movie house and famous Minnesotans like Judy Garland, Bob Dylan and Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie). This Must Be Hell takes you into a C47 and recreates paratrooper experiences during the invasion of Normandy. The authentic 1880s immigrant house chronicles the fifty families who have occupied it, including Italian, Irish and Hmong.

Address: St Paul, 345 West Kellogg Boulevard, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 296 6126 or 1 800 657 3773.
Opening times:

Tues 1000-2000 (free admission 1700-2000), Mon, Wed-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.mnhs.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Landmark Center

Dedicated as a federal courthouse, in 1902, this ornate Victorian jewel, with its fairytale turrets and towers, was saved from demolition in the 1960s and is now used for art exhibitions and civic activities. Originally, the Landmark Center would have witnessed many criminal trials, as St Paul was notorious in the 1920s and 1930s as a safe haven for gangsters like Ma Barker, John Dillinger and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly. Interiors are extravagantly decorated with high ceilings, marble and mahogany details.

Address: St Paul, 75 West Fifth Street, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (651) 292 3233.
Opening times:

Mon-Wed and Fri 0800-1700, Thurs 0800-2000, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.

Website: http://www.landmarkcenter.org
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

St Paul City Hall

It is well worth your while to take a quick look-see at this interesting 1920s art deco structure. Dominating the blue marble lobby is Swedish sculptor, Carl Milles' Vision of Peace. Erupting between five, peace-pipe smoking Native Americans is the 11m (36ft) towering white onyx god of peace. In the basement, walls are lined with carved glass murals, each signifying a chapter of St Paul's past. A guided tour schedule is available.

Address: St Paul, 15 Kellogg Blvd W, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: 651) 266 8500.
Opening times:

0800-1630.

Website: http://www.stpaul.gov
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Historic Fort Snelling

This 1820s US Army outpost has been restored to depict military life in the frontier era. Costumed guides on the site demonstrate musket and cannon drills, blacksmithing and other skills, while the history centre contains exhibits and videos.

Address: Fort Snelling exit, Junction of Highways 5 and 55, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (612) 726 1171.
Opening times:

Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700 (early May and late Sep-Oct); Mon-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700 (late May-early Sep); closed (Nov-Apr).

Website: http://www.mnhs.org
Admission Fees:

Yes.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Minnehaha Park

Winding along the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park, one of the oldest and most popular parks in Minneapolis, contains the city's first frame house, located west of the river. There are views over Minnehaha Falls and a statue commemorating the Native Americans, Hiawatha and Minnehaha, who were the subjects of Longfellow's famous poem, 'The Song of Hiawatha'.

Address: Minneapolis, Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis St Paul,
Telephone: (612) 230 6400.
Opening times:

Opening hours: Daily 0600-2200.

Website: http://www.minneapolisparks.org
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

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Radisson Hotel Roseville

For those who cannot decide between Minneapolis and St Paul, the Radisson Hotel Roseville is a good compromise. It borders both and there is free shuttle service within a five mile radius. Cosy guest rooms, decorated in earthy tones, include adjustable Sleep Number® beds and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The hotel features a large indoor recreation area with an oversized indoor pool, whirlpool, kiddie pool, sauna, game room, fitness centre and the award-winning Axel's Charhouse restaurant.

Graves 601

A sophisticated modern luxury hotel, Graves 601 is located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, on top of the Block E complex. Rising 22 stories above street level, the hotel's stylish rooms include large plasma screen TVs, high-speed Internet and other high-tech amenities. Bathrooms have five-head power showers. The hotel has two restaurants--the acclaimed Cosmos, and the pre-prohibition-styled Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant.

W Minneapolis-The Foshay

W Hotels took a 1929 art deco structure and whipped it into a hip hotel with a roaring 1920s theme. The lobby's original arcade ceiling has been restored as has the 27th floor boardroom - the Prohibition Bar. Rooms are stylishly modern with the signature W bed, W pillow menu, plus a state-of-the-art entertainment system, high speed internet access and weekday newspaper delivery. Other amenities include in-room spa services and a fitness centre.

Hilton Minneapolis

Housed in an elegant, 25-storey Victorian brick building, the Hilton Minneapolis is located in the centre of Downtown with convenient skyway connections to the nearby business, shopping and entertainment areas. Guest rooms are well appointed with rich colours, oak furnishings, a 'Serenity Bed' with down comforter, large HDTV, MP3 connection and high speed wireless internet. The health club includes an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. For regional and international cuisine, the hotel offers the Skywater restaurant.

Saint Paul Hotel

A St Paul landmark saturated with old-world charm, this sophisticated hotel offers newly renovated rooms with comfortable mattresses, lighting with dimmers, high speed internet, mini bar and a finely appointed bathroom. Dining options include The St Paul Grill featuring an American dinner menu and M ST. Café for breakfast and lunch. The Lobby Bar, a popular meeting place, serves lighter fare as well as cocktails. A rooftop fitness centre, business centre and free internet in the lobby are nice touches.

Holiday Inn River Centre

This comfortable hotel is conveniently located near Downtown St Paul's attractions. There are 194 spacious guest rooms. The hotel also offers free high-speed Wi-Fi internet, fitness centre with indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel includes an authentic Irish pub, The Liffey, with several other restaurants within walking distance.