With the Twin Cities’ reputation as centers of culture, it’s no surprise that Minneapolis museums are abundant. From downtown Minneapolis it's easy to find the contemporary Walker Art Center and its free permanent exhibit: the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. The free Minneapolis Institute of Arts' scope, meanwhile, ranges from the ancient to the modern. Visitors or local history buffs might also want to check out the riverfront Mill City Museum—near the Guthrie Theater—which was built in the ruins of a flour mill that was once the largest in the world, while families explore flora and fauna at the preserve-style Minnesota Zoo.

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