Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Museum

Minnesota History Center

As Irish philosopher Edmund Burke once said, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Considering our national state of affairs, far too many are missing that knowledge. But the Minnesota History Center is the antidote. Its exhibits cover all the eras you’d expect, like the state’s mining and farming backgrounds, and ancient Native history. Yet it also goes refreshingly beyond the traditional history-as-seen-through-the-eyes-of-important-white-guys approach. There have been exhibits on the great Somali migration, oral histories of newcomers from 22 different countries, and even a retrospective on First Avenue opening next month. This is a museum with more than the past in mind. It’s a place that will help us see our way to a better future.

Readers’ Choice: Minneapolis Institute of Art

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBIT (2006) Minnesota History Center

BEST PLACE TO WASTE TIME PRODUCTIVELY (2006) Minnesota Historical Society Library

Best Theater Troupe Theatre Coup d'Etat

Best Play Guthrie's West Side Story

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Actor C. Michael Menge

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best Dance Company TU Dance Company

Best Choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Best Dance Performance ICON SAM: Temple Dances

Best Movie Theater Lagoon Cinema

Best Standup Comic Rana May

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Red Menace at Erik the Red

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Podcast I Love You, Mana

Best Museum Exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

Best Permanent Collection Piece The Bell Museum's Woolly Mammoth

Best Gallery Exhibition Kinngait Studios: Printmaking in the Arctic Circle

Best Art Gallery Modus Locus

Best Public Art American Indian Center

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Art Event MayDay Parade and Festival

Best Bookstore (New) Birchbark Books and Native Arts

Best Bookstore (Used) Cream & Amber

Best Author Marlon James

Best Book (Fiction) 'Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories' by Kelly Barnhill

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The Infamous Harry Hayward' by Shawn Francis Peters

Best Fashion Event Minneapolis Vintage Market

Best Fashion Designer Hackwith Design House