United States

2400 Third Avenue South
Phone: (888) MIA ARTS (642-2787)
Website: www.artsmia.org

The Minneapolis Institute Of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is dedicated to national leadership in bringing arts and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the world’s diverse artistic heritage.

In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement.

Designed by the preeminent New York architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, the original building opened its doors in 1915. A neoclassical landmark in the Twin Cities, the MIA expanded in 1974 with an addition designed by the late Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. In June 2006, the museum unveiled a new wing designed by architect Michael Graves.

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Permanent Collection

The MIA's permanent collection has grown from eight hundred works of art to around one hundred thousand objects. The collection includes world-famous works that embody the highest levels of artistic achievement, spanning five thousand years and representing the world's diverse cultures across all continents. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings and Modern Sculpture; Photographs; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles.


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Forthcoming exhibitions

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General museum admission is always free.

Opening hours

Tuesday...10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday...10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday...10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday...10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday...10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday...11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The MIA is Minnesota's largest art educator. More than half-a-million people visit the museum each year. A hundred thousand more are reached through the museum's Art Adventure program for elementary school children. The MIA's free general-admission policy, public programs, classes for children and adults, and award-winning interactive media programs have helped to broaden and deepen this museum's roots in the communities it serves.

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The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a free museum operated for the benefit of the general public.

Operation of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and its programs is supported by the citizens of Hennepin County through the Park Museum Fund and by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for programs is also provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Major annual support for museum operations and programs is provided by the American Express Minnesota Philanthropic Program, the Best Buy Children's Foundation, the Cargill Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, the General Mills Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Target Foundation, the 3M Foundation and U.S. Bank.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts thanks these funders and the more than 26,000 memberships representing more than 50,000 individuals who support the museum annually through individual, family, and corporate memberships and contributions.