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Iconic venues open to public this weekend showcase Minneapolis’ cultural, architectural and historical legacy

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity or an experiential day date with your someone special, Doors Open Minneapolis offers free, behind-the-scenes access, and family-friendly activities at more than 100 iconic venues across the city May 18 and May 19, from historic buildings to modern architectural masterpieces. A full map and list of participating 2024 venues is available here.


During the 2-day event, visitors can explore the city’s most well-known, and diverse spaces that showcase Minneapolis' historical, architectural, and cultural legacy. The oldest building on the Doors Open Minneapolis tour is the Ard Godfrey House, est. in 1848, and the newest building is the Minneapolis Fire Station 1, completed in 2022 by Sherman Associates.


With his daughter by his side, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey kicked off Doors Open Minneapolis for its third annual celebration, inviting locals and visitors to explore Minneapolis' most intriguing buildings.


“This is a place where we can celebrate everything that makes Minneapolis spectacular from the incredible architecture to the amazing workers to the people that make Minneapolis an extraordinary place,” said Mayor Frey.


American Swedish Institute, Basilica of St. Mary, Star Tribune Printing Press, Hollywood Theater, Federal Reserve of Minneapolis, Huntington Bank Stadium and the Cedar Cultural Center are among the many locations open to the public Saturday and Sunday.


Open Doors Minneapolis is organized by Rethos, a historic preservation nonprofit dedicated to economic development that helps historic buildings and the people who care for them tell their stories. Other supporters include 600 volunteers, local sponsors, including Comcast and many others, along with participating venues.


“We connect people and businesses in the city to what matters most,” said Andrea Kajer, Comcast Government Affairs. “We’re focused on expanding our network in Minnesota, and committed to building equitable society and bridging the digital divide.”


During the kickoff event, Mayor Frey noted his excitement to visit the Hennepin Healthcare Teddy Bear clinic (open Saturday only), which invited kids to bring their Teddy Bears for a special clinic, where their Teddy Bears can be “admitted.” After being examined, the Teddy Bears may have a variety of procedures performed including blood pressure and heart rate checks, injections, stitches, x-rays, or a splint or bandage placed on their paws. Teddy Bear Clinic also featured Teddy bear repairs and sew-ups, prevention activities, along with an ambulance and fire truck on site.

“This is about telling and sharing our city’s story, and seeing people appreciating architecture and experiencing Minneapolis,” said Kristen Anderson, Rethos Board President. “This event helps spark new memories and create new memories.”


While majority of the locations are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 18 and May 19, organizers recommend checking individual venue listings for specific hours. According to event organizers, more than 14,000 people are anticipated to attend this year’s event.


For more information about Doors Open Minneapolis, including a list of participating venues and volunteer sign-up opportunities, please visit www.doorsopenminneapolis.org.

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