Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Kid-Friendly Activity

Science Museum of Minnesota

Entertaining kids can be hard. Thankfully, the Science Museum has your back. Its three stories of exhibits cover a lot of ground, with sections on sports, dinosaurs, Dakota and Ojibwe history, and the human body. The Omnitheater features a regular rotation of larger-than-life movies, focusing on things like tornadoes, the deep sea, space, and ancient caves. Every few months the museum hosts a new traveling exhibit; past highlights include a closer look at Pixar movies, the wonders of engineering, and even a look at understanding depression. For those who want to do more playing and less learning, areas for little kids feature puzzles and books, while older ones can make their own parachute or try their hand at stop-motion animation. The fun spills outside during the warmer months with a native species garden, a science-themed mini-golf course, and lunch offerings on the giant skydeck overlooking the Mississippi River. 

Readers’ Choice: Como Zoo

Best Museum (2011) Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Place for a First Date (2009) Science Museum of Minnesota

BEST PLACE TO BREAK UP (2008) Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Place to Take a Tinder Date (2020) Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Ax-Man Surplus

Best Movie Theater The Heights Theater

Best Pro Wrestler Devon Monroe

Best Fashion Designer Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Best Art Gallery Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Gallery Exhibition Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo

Best Public Art Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

Best Comedy Club Sisyphus Brewing

Best Standup Comedian Miss Shannan Paul

Best Local Comedy Podcast Middle of Somewhere

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Choreographer Rosy Simas

Best Dance Performance Water Will (in Melody)

Best Arts Event Out There Festival

Best Theater Park Square Theatre

Best Theater Troupe Haunted Basement

Best Play 'Macbeth,' Wayward Theatre Company

Best Actor China Brickey

Best Director Lauren Keating

Best Design in a Theatrical Production 'Chicago,' Theater Latté Da

Best Bookstore (New) Subtext Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Eat My Words

Best Poetry Collection 'Homie,' by Danez Smith

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'Magical Realism for Non-Believers' by Anika Fajardo

Best Book (Fiction) 'The Shallows' by Matt Goldman

Best Author Peggy Orenstein