Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum's mostly 20th-century collection contains the world's largest assemblage of works by ... More
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum's mostly 20th-century collection contains the world's largest assemblage of works by Marsden Hartley and Alfred Maurer, as well as paintings and prints by Georgia O'Keefe, Arthur Dove and Robert Motherwell. However, many critics consider the building itself to be a stunning piece of art. Designed by Frank Gehry, the flamboyant 1993 building is possibly the most talked-about structure in the Twin Cities. The museum's collections are displayed in galleries the New York Times has referred to as possibly the five best rooms for art viewing in the world. Admission is free. Visit the website for updates and additional information.
I was so excited to go there because it looks so unique and like a great place to go, but inside it doesn't have that much to see, but the art work it did have was simply amazing I just think it should have a bigger selection of art.
The Weisman Museum is a great thing to do whether in the morning or an afternoon or evening. It took us about a hour to go through everything. My favorite part was the little gift shop. They had a lot of really neat kitchen and household things that I didn't expect they would. Prices are very reasonable.
I'll probably visit more often..especially for the gift shop.
Those that would like to add a little culture to their trip without being stuck in a museum all day will love the Weisman. This is a one level gemstone of a museum with some really fascinating art that has something for everyone. There was the stuff that I didn�t get then a good few pieces that I totally loved and an interactive exhibit that is just great (I�d say more but I don�t want to ruin the experience for you.) The gift shop has really unique items and for those of you that live in the area, you can rent art! How cool is that!?!
There is a suggested donation of $5.00 but if you�re a broke student (the Museum is on the University of MN campus) it�s just a box so put whatever you can inside. Parking is the only downside the ramp is overpriced. If you continue driving about 5-6 blocks east on Washington Avenue though there are some meters (bring 6-8 quarters or so for 2 hours). The walk back to the museum is nice and you get a good taste of University life with the Student Union and various other buildings and coffee shops along the way.
The Wiseman is FREE, you can't beat that. Donations are accepted there, and that helps with fees to run the museum. There is always something interesting and new to see there. If you are an University of Minnesota student, what are you waiting for?...you probably pass it every day on the way to class. (I spent a lot of time here looking at the artwork as I contemplated project I had to complete when I was a student at the U.) As for anyone else, go take a look. It's not an activity that takes too long. I'd say give it a couple hours. There is a large Lichtenstein when you enter, and usually a Georgia O�Keeffe on display. The building itself is a work of art. Parking is available right under the museum at an hourly rate, however many of the busses from downtown Minneapolis drop off close by.
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