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Arts, Culture, and Sports

If you’re looking to be immersed in culture, creativity, and wellness, you’ll find plenty to do in the Twin Cities. Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs are home to a number of world-class museums, theaters, performance venues, and sports facilitities.   


Whatever art you like, you can find it in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area. The Weisman Art Museum on campus features early twentieth-century American artists, ceramics, and contemporary art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art offers free admission for a budget-friendly experience enabling people of all ages to gaze upon works of art from decades past to the more recent present. The Walker Art Center features the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture garden in the country. The Museum of Russian Art is the "only museum of its kind in North America," and its exhibits allow visitors to explore new and unique perspectives from Russia.


A theatrical hotspot with nationally renowned venues such as the Guthrie Theater and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Twin Cities is home to a vibrant music scene with local groups that play every type of music and concert venues that are stops for touring performers. When students want to hear music they can choose between music venues ranging from the Target Center and First Avenue to small coffee shops and clubs. Those who want to watch performances, stage drama, and comedy shows can go to a show at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater or the historic Orpheum Theatre. For smaller, more intimate theater experiences, Mixed Blood Theater, Theater in the Round, and the Southern Theater are only blocks from the West Bank Arts Quarter section of campus and are often sites for the Minnesota Fringe Festival each summer.

Minneapolis Institute of ArtThese venues (and many more) host a variety of acts such as classical plays, Broadway touring productions, international recording artists, and local favorites like the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the James Sewell Ballet, and local up-and-coming bands.

You can also find entertainment and information about Minnesota’s rich history by checking out educational sites like the Minnesota History Center and Historic Fort Snelling.

The world-famous Mall of America is only a 15 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. With more than 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and a variety of attractions, it is the largest mall in the United States. Shoppers can enjoy a full day at the mall, and there is no tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota.

Sports and Wellness

Minnesota is ranked as one of the healthiest states in the U.S. We have six professional sports teams—one for every professional league in the United States (American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, and Soccer).

The University of Minnesota is part of the Big 10 Athletic Conference, and there are 25 Division I athletic teams here. Our student-athletes are important members of the U of M community, and all students are encouraged to support our teams.

The University has been ranked as one of the most bicycle-friendly campuses in the nation, and students can easily get around campus by bike or walking. Students can also join an intramural sports team, club sports, or exercise at one of the Recreation and Wellness facilities on campus. Whether students like exercising alone or with friends, they can do it at the U of M to stay healthy and active.