If you are familiar with Minneapolis, you know that the creative and artistic scene is one of the best in the country. Whether you are a local or an out-of-town guest, if you have a day off, spending it at one of the many museums that Minneapolis has to offer is a great choice. So, read on for our Minneapolis Museum Guide and take note of this great list of the museums which happen to be free.


Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) – Art

One of Minnesota’s widest ranging museums in the state; the Minnesota Institute of Art presents a wide variety of art from the past to the present. You have the option to stroll the galleries, taking a guided tour, or even a class. The museum also hosts concerts on occasion, and is a lovely place to grab a coffee or a bite to eat for lunch or dinner. Admission is free, all day, every day!

omnitheater- MN Science Museum

Science Museum of Minnesota – Science/Children

Inspire yourself with learning science in a fun and engaging way. From dinosaurs & fossils to experimental galleries to the human body and much more, there is a wealth of things to see, do and learn from at the Science Museum of Minnesota. In addition to all those exhibits, you will also find the city’s only Omnitheater, featuring many great documentaries.


Mill City Museum – Minnesota History

It was once the world’s largest flour mill, but today Mill City Museum is one of the city’s best cultural institutions. It’s located right in downtown Minneapolis, sitting beside the extraordinary Mississippi River, with views that can only be described as breathtaking. Come find out what the mill’s history did for the city, the state and the world.  Bonus: children under the age of 4 are free!

For a complete list of museums in the area, check out this list from Meet Minneapolis.