Doors Open Minneapolis is your chance to explore the buildings that tell our city’s story. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis will give you a FREE behind-the-scenes look at 115 exciting venues.  Caretakers at these sites will be providing unique experiences that illustrate why these venues, and the people and businesses that work in them, are such marvels.

An expansive program guide with maps and much more will be inserted in the New York Times Midwest Edition on Sunday, May 5, in the Star Tribune on Thursday, May 9, and can be found in City Pages magazine racks beginning Wednesday, May 8.

You don’t need to pre-register. Just show up at your choice of venues and enjoy. Join us May 18-19 from 10 am-5 pm throughout Minneapolis.




Doors Open Minneapolis 2019 Welcomed Thousands of Residents and Visitors

The first-ever Doors Open Minneapolis is now history and, by every indication, this inaugural city-wide celebration was a resounding success. A total of 112 organizations participated with more than 71,000 visits made by the public in just 14 hours.



Mpls Mayor Announces

“You know that building you walk by every day? Maybe it’s the post office downtown, maybe it’s that Scottish Rite [Temple] building down on Dupont in Uptown. Maybe it’s City Hall. This is an opportunity to explore that building and by extension the stories of our city,” Frey said.



Unlocking the Doors to Minneapolis

Mayor Jacob Frey is unlocking the doors to Minneapolis. On May 18 and 19, city leaders will invite visitors to more than 110 buildings across Minneapolis - from the well-known places such as the Basilica of St. Mary to the more obscure, like the Minneapolis police K-9 kennel.



Doors Open Wide

Doors Open organizers felt real pride as they compiled a list of the most beautiful and intriguing spaces and tried to get the gatekeepers at each one to sign on. “I would stack our architecture and our city up against any other one in the country,” Michael Kisch, president of AIA Minneapolis, said. “You sometimes, in passing, forget. The buildings become background, and this is a way to celebrate them.”



A Key to the City

Have you ever wanted to see inside the Federal Reserve? Go backstage at the Ritz Theater? Climb to the top of the Witches’ Tower? Peer down a manhole? Tour the Van Dusen Mansion? What about the Hennepin County Jail? For history buffs, architecture fans, arts supporters and city boosters, the curious and the just plain nosy, Doors Open Minneapolis is a key to the city.



Behind the Scenes Access

How many unique buildings in Minneapolis have you seen, and of those, how many have you actually been inside of? Doors Open Minneapolis, a free celebration of the city’s architecture, will give people the opportunity to see over 100 sites that they may have only appreciated from the outside.



A New Citywide Celebration

The goal is to tell stories about Minneapolis’ past and show where it’s headed. Some buildings show elements of different historical eras, while others, such as The Nordic in the North Loop, show what the city’s future looks like.



Doors Open to University of Minnesota & Nearby Neighborhoods

Participating businesses include several around the University of Minnesota and its nearby neighborhoods: The Witch’s Hat Water Tower, Northrop Auditorium, The Textile Center, Surly Brewing Co, and Weisman Art Museum, Mixed Blood Theatre. A Mill Artist Lofts, and the Pillsbury Flour Mill.



Photos: A rare glimpse inside the Hennepin Island Powerhouse

A sturdy brick edifice over 100 years old, the Hennepin Island Powerhouse opened in 1908 to power streetcars. Now it powers the homes of about 14,000 Xcel Energy customers — in exactly the same way, using pretty much the exact same equipment. The facility offers a direct connection to the Twin Cities metro area's beginnings.





Hennepin Healthcare: Preserving History & Pioneering Art in Medicine

Research shows people feel better, have a more positive attitude and may heal more quickly when surrounded by beautiful, meaningful things. This is the philosophy that Hennepin Healthcare Clinics and Specialty Center has built its new six-story 377,000-square facility around.


Butler Square: Preserving our history. Sustaining our future.

Butler Square has long been called the Gateway to the Minneapolis Warehouse district. It’s also the keeper of the area’s legacy, with dozens of giant historic photos along a self-guided tour path ranging from 1892 to 1912. 


Harris Company Needs More Than a Few Good Men—and Women

Harris is a mechanical contractor based in St. Paul who is building excitement around the trades. “People are not attracted to careers in the trades because they don’t understand the types of technology we’re using: 3D modeling, laser scanning, virtual layouts, use of drones,” says Michel Michno, COO of Harris Company. “We need to explain all this and get people excited….one of the stops on the tour is the A-Mill Artist Lofts and Harris did a big project there, installing the turbine and generator under the building that uses the flow of the Mississippi to generate power and electricity for the residents.”


You won’t know an Ackerberg building by sight. And that’s a good thing.

Ackerberg doesn’t do “cookie cutter.” No two of their buildings look alike. Their mission is to build, restore and manage structures that fit the culture and needs of their environment. That’s why the two buildings Ackerberg has registered with Doors Open are completely different from one another.


RT Rybak Invites Us All to Find Common Ground

There are a lot of reasons to support this program but the most important is that it’s a way of reasserting common ground. No other community in America has done common ground better than Minneapolis.

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 Mike Kisch | AIA Minneapolis

Mary-Margaret Zindren | AIA Minnesota

Mychal Vlatkovich | Minneapolis Mayor’s Office

Courtney Ries | Meet Minneapolis

Leah Wong | Downtown Council

Eric Anderson | Minneapolis Foundation

Jim Durda | Ryan Companies

Stephanie McDaniel | Minnesota Architectural Foundation

Scott Mayer | MAYER


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