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Minneapolis Institute of Art

The joke here, of course, is that you can visit the art institute — Mia, as it asks to be called now — free of charge, provided you don’t insist on seeing one of its special exhibits. Mia only asks for “donations,” meaning penny-pinchers can sneak in and enjoy three stories’ worth of art without spending a dime. But that’s no way to live. Not when funding for the arts is on the chopping block in Washington, D.C., and philanthropists are compelled to send checks to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, instead of the usual targets, like museums. Anyone who can afford it should visit Mia a few times a year, and drop them (at least) a $5 bill for the privilege of seeing centuries of art, of all kinds, all collected and staged in one magnificent place.

Best Place to Do Something for Free (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Make-Out Spot (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum Exhibition (2013) "Rembrandt in America" at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best View (2012) Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2007) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2010) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION (2010) "The Louvre and the Masterpiece," Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST SIGN OF SPRING (2010) Art in Bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2008) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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