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Arts, Culture & Attractions

Name your passion — you'll find it here.

Minneapolis Saint Paul is one of the world’s undisputed cultural capitals. It supports a vibrant array of fine art museums, two full-time professional orchestras, an internationally renowned opera company and hundreds of theatrical, musical and comedy troupes. Plus, it’s the third-largest dance market in the nation.

For more information on arts and culture in Greater MSP, contact our Research and Business Investment representatives. They’ll deliver what you need, fast and free.


It’s (always) showtime.

The Greater MSP region is second only to New York City in the number of theater seats per capita, with more than 2 million tickets sold each year. Among its stars are two Regional Theater Tony Award winners: The Guthrie Theater, which is the country’s first regional repertory theater, and the Children’s Theater Company, which is the nation's flagship theater for young people.

Minneapolis is also home to the Minnesota Fringe Festival, an annual 11-day celebration of theater, dance and performance art featuring more than 800 performances.

Get ready to rock.

The Greater MSP live music scene is hopping every night of the week, from jazz to country to metal to alternative rock — in fact, Songkick has named Greater MSP as the seventh most-happening rock scene in America. As a bonus, the average concert ticket price in the Greater MSP region is a low $46.69 — a “creative class” trait and clear indicator of a thriving night life, which makes it easier for regional businesses to attract and retain talent.



Art for everyone.

Businesses and organizations across Greater MSP work hard to make arts and culture accessible to all residents. Many Greater MSP museums, music and dance ensembles, and theaters offer discounts, corporate-sponsored free admissions, rush tickets and “pay what you can” performances.



Tons of fun, from shopping to science.

With no sales tax on clothing, Minneapolis St. Paul is an international draw for shopping. The Mall of America, Minneapolis’ Uptown, Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue and Edina’s 50th & France are among the most popular retail districts. And families have plenty of attractions to visit, including the Minnesota Zoo, the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota History Center.


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