Some may argue that Minnesota is the home to some of the greatest performance arts productions in the country. With affordable admission and access to the public, enjoying live productions is a great advantage to Minnesotans. Another truth is that there is so much local talent to draw performers from. Whether you enjoy music, classic theater or musical theater, there is something for everyone in Minnesota. One of the most renowned and historic theaters, the Guthrie Theater is a great place to start for those wishing to enjoy a night of entertainment.

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Guthrie Theater
818 S 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 377-2224

In an effort to bring performing arts and the excitement of a Broadway show to Minnesota, the Guthrie Theater emerged. What started in the 1960s as a resident acting group that performed for certain months of the year has become a year-round destination in the midwest. The Guthrie offers actor training programs and productions that range from classical to modern. Named for Tyrone Guthrie, one of the founders of the theater, the Guthrie continues to be an important landmark in Minneapolis.

Go For A Show, Stay For Dinner

The Guthrie is the perfect venue to see a show. Of course, it was built to be the stage for professional theater and top-notch talent. From Shakespeare classics to Sondheim musicals, each show is full of amazing performances. However, there is also a highly ranked restaurant on the premises. Sea Change, a casual fine dining spot, is located inside the Guthrie and serves some of the best seafood in Minnesota. The Guthrie also offers a package that includes dinner and a show. Enjoy wonderfully prepared sustainable seafood paired with a high quality showcase of talent.

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Bring Your Camera

While it is a showcase for the arts, the Guthrie is a work of art in itself. While the building was once located near the present-day Walker Art Center, it was moved and rebuilt in 2006 along the Mississippi River. A local architectural firm designed the new building, which offers camera-worthy views of the city. A popular feature of the building is the Endless Bridge, a structure that leads to one of the best views of the Mississippi River along its entirety. Capture great views of the city and river from the Guthrie.

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Go During The Day

The best thing about the Guthrie is that you don’t have to have tickets to enter the theater. While you may not be able to see a show, there is so much more to explore in the building itself. Check out the Level Five Cafe or the Dowling Studio on the 9th floor, which offers a great view of the city. The lobby on the ninth floor is done in amber glass, making it a unique experience to visit. It is also essential to seek out the history of the Guthrie along the halls. Learn about famous actors that have performed there, such as Jessica Tandy, Frances McDormand and William H. Macy to name a few. At the end of your tour, stop by the gift shop for more information and memorabilia.

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Discover The Historic District

The Guthrie Theater is located in the middle of the famous Mill City District neighborhood of Minneapolis. It is worth it to spend the day in the area learning about the history of industrial Minnesota and the flour industry that was powered by St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. The former flour mills have been converted into apartments and offices and the Mill City Museum welcomes tourists to learn about the history of Minneapolis. Check out the Mill Ruins Park or take a tour in the Flour Tower inside the museum. The Guthrie is truly the cultural centerpiece of the city.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.