Jun 11, 2023 - Things to Do

Three new museum exhibits to visit in the Twin Cities this summer

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Plenty of new exhibits are open at metro-area museums just in time for the summer. Here are three to check out:

🍟 Highlights of the Collection β€” Cafesjian Art Trust Museum

The Shoreview museum's latest exhibit dives into the personal collection of its namesake and founder, Gerard Cafesjian.

  • He was a St. Paul businessman and philanthropist who funded local and international art projects β€” including Cafesjian's Carousel at Como Park β€” for decades before his death in 2013.
  • The Shoreview exhibit includes paintings, glass art, prints and unique pieces like a giant sculpture of a box of french fries. Open and free through Oct. 14; reservations required

🌈 Going Out, Coming In β€” Mill City Museum

This exhibition, presented by Twin Cities Pride and the Minnesota Historical Society, showcases 20th century LGBTQIA+ community spaces in downtown Minneapolis.

  • It features photos, news clippings, posters and other artifacts compiled by MHS and explores the history of the movement in Minnesota. Open through Oct. 8; free

😁 Emotions at Play with Pixar's "Inside Out" β€” Minnesota Children's Museum

Kids can explore the St. Paul museum's interactive exhibit focused on the five emotions featured in the children's animated movie: joy, sadness, anger, disgust and fear.

  • Hands-on activities include running your own emotions control panel, creating a glowing memory sphere and attempting to control a train of thought. Open through Sept. 4; $16+

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note the "Going Out, Coming In" exhibit is free, not $12.


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