Italy comes to Minnesota! “Botticelli & Renaissance Florence “brings treasures of the Uffizi Gallery (Florence, Italy) to the Mpls. Institute of Art (Mia)! Botticelli’s “Adoration of the Magi” and “Pallas & the Centaur” are showcased. Highlights of this unprecedented, one-of-a-kind exhibit, including ancient art that influenced art in Renaissance Italy, are included in this blog.
Happy 100th Birthday,Charles Schultz – creator of the famous Peanuts comic strip! On November 26, 2022, syndicated cartoonists will pay tribute to him in their own comic strips! Schultz’ home town, St. Paul, MN, honors him with Peanuts cartoon sculptures around town. My tribute are photos of these sculptures from our Travel Date to Rice Park, featured in this blog. Enjoy!
We explored the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, one of history’s most beloved and enduring characters on our Travel Date to the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN. In this special MNHS exhibition, we learned insights about Holmes and his literary creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We enjoyed hands-on experiences and tools to solve a crime from the vivid Crime Scene. This blog is for Sherlock fans of any genre – and all inquisitive minds! Enjoy!
A Travel Date to view the Golden Quadriga atop the Minnesota State Capitol after dark was filled with majesty and magic! Add an after-hours tour of this grand building for a memorable experience – shared on this blog!
The Purcell-Cutts Prairie-style House is an architectural gem hidden in plain sight in a vibrant Mpls. neighborhood by Lake of the Isles. This 100+ year old “modern” house, owned by the Mia (Mpls. Institute of Art), recently reopened after pandemic shut down. Get the “inside” scoop including photos unique to this blog post!
We toured the majestic James J. Hill House, St. Paul, MN, on a recent Travel Date to places in our Backyard. The massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems of this Gilded Age mansion recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Enjoy photos and details on this blog.
The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), designed by Frank Gehry on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA is a gem inside and out. Overlooking the beautiful skyline of downtown Minneapolis and the magnificent Mississippi River, it faces west and perfectly reflects the ever-changing light of the setting sun. Discover more on this blog
Como Park Conservatory & Zoo are on my list of Top Ten places for a visitor to St. Paul, Minnesota. This blog highlights the gardens (sunken, fern, Zen and bonsai) in the Victorian architectural conservatory as well as the authentic Japanese garden, tropical encounters, zoo, amusement park and historic carousel experienced in our recent Travel Date to sites in our back yard!
Cher’s Travel Date: Museum of Russian Art (TMORA). A hidden gem in Mpls, it’s the only major institution in N. America devoted entirely to Russian art and culture from all of Russia’s history. TMORA stands with the people of Ukraine, as seen in current exhibit of provocative art of pro-Ukrainian political cartoons. Blog also includes photos by an American in Siberia/Stalin’s industrialization (1930s) & permanent collection.
Continuing our Travel Dates to sites in our backyard, this year we plan to visit Minnesota Historical Society sites. The first was to the newly renovated Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, at the confluence of the Mississippi & Minnesota Rivers. This blog includes my vast array of photos, tells the story of this site, its history – & shares new things we learned!