Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. 888-MIA ARTS. www.artsmia.org
FREE. Free parking available, but may be difficult to find at certain times. Stroller accessible. Restrooms available.
As I may have mentioned before, my husband and I enjoy art, but we’ve never had the opportunity to spend a lot of times at art museums. We’re trying to expose the kids to art, and what better way by visiting museums that are free (or finding free days) and have special family programs. In a year, we’ve managed to get them to the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, all when special programs were going on.
The theme we encountered at the MIA was “horses.” When we entered, we were given a scavenger hunt sheet to find horses throughout the museum. There were volunteers in a classroom teaching children about different types of horse movement, such as canter and trot, and letting the kids try out the rhythms. In the auditorium, there was a singing cowboy to entertain, and in another classroom, the kids could make their own wire sculptures of horses.
In between the activities, we found the galleries. Some we went through quickly, and in others we lingered more. I was pleasantly surprised that the boys could tell the theme of an area as soon as we walked in. “Mom, these are all Jesus pictures,” or “Mom–look at all the angels.” We successfully found all the horses for our scavenger hunt throughout the galleries.
We also enjoyed the view of downtown Minneapolis from the museum. A diagram showed which buildings are which, and it was a much safer way to point out the various landmarks than attempting to do it while driving on 35W.
I had not realized before that the Children’s Theater is in the same complex as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, so I now know where that is as well.
We enjoyed the visit to the MIA, and will return again sometime, especially if we can attend another family day program.
I really liked sculpting a horse except I thought we would be using clay and using something hot to dry it.