Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant.

Thank you for your participation in our incredibly successful inaugural year! Please come back to this website for visitor photos and other information.



10AM – 5PM





Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minnesota.
These activities are free, but admission is required to visit the rest of the museum.


Family-Friendly Fun with Juxtaposition Arts

Saturday and Sunday May 18–19, 10:00 am–2:30 pm

Explore what it means to develop healthy and self-sustaining communities in a hands-on activity for all ages! Juxtaposition Arts will help you design a future city where everyone thrives, with your favorite childhood memories as inspiration.

Consider the future of your neighborhood, the City of Minneapolis and all our communities through the 21st Century Development framework developed by AIA Minnesota, the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Colloqate, with support from the McKnight Foundation.

Rail Corridor, in Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Widen Your Perspective with TPT

Saturday and Sunday May 18–19, 10:00 am–4:30pm

View highlights of Twin Cities PBS Minnesota Experience history films including “Jim Crow of the North,” “Cornerstones: A History of North Minneapolis” and “The Past is Alive Within Us.” Discover the rich history of North Minneapolis, learn about the connection of this land to the Dakota people, consider the destructive history of racial covenants and redlining, and more.

10:30 am: The Impact of Place on Community 

11:00 am & 2:00 pm: A Place to Call Home: Redlining, Public Housing and Community

11:30 am & 2:30 pm: “All of These Things Are Connected”: The Dakota Homeland and Early Minneapolis

12:00 pm & 3:00 pm: Invisible Racial Boundaries: The Lee Family and Lena Smith

12:30 pm & 3:30 pm: The Built Environment, Culture and Places of Worship

1:00 pm & 4:00 pm: Losses and Gains: People, Place and Minneapolis 

1:30 pm & 4:30 pm: Place and History in South Minneapolis

Schedule is the same Saturday and Sunday May 18–19. Showings are approximately 20 minutes each. Due to the nature of this event, you may have to stand in line before entering the theater.

West Engine House Theater, in Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401



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