The local Minneapolis St. Paul arts and entertainment scene is very vibrant with local musicians having a strong following, and popular music fans often spoiled for choice of who to go and see on weekends. Bands touring the nation usually stop in Minneapolis St. Paul or St. Paul. Iconic venue First Avenue, featured in the Prince movie Purple Rain, is where most indie acts play, and the Target Center hosts major stars.
Art is an important part of Minneapolis St. Paul culture. Minneapolis St. Paul has three major art galleries, the Minneapolis St. Paul Institute of Arts, a vast, comprehensive gallery covering every major period with art from around the world, and two modern art galleries, the Walker Art Center and Weisman Art Museum. The Northeast Minneapolis St. Paul arts district is home to many small studios and galleries with artists, sculptures, and photographers working in many styles of art. Art Fair Weekend is in every August when three huge simultaneous Minneapolis St. Paul art fairs draw collectors from across the country.
Museums in Minneapolis St. Paul document Minneapolis St. Paul' history, from the milling days at the Mill City Museum, and the library and local history artifacts at Hennepin History Museum. The Museum of Russian Art is a small but excellent museum which does exactly what its name suggests with artworks ancient and modern, and the Bakken Museum does a great job of making electricity and magnetism fascinating.
Minneapolis St. Paul coffee shop culture is alive and well, with plenty of coffee shops being small music venues, art galleries, and community gathering sports as well as serving cappuccino.
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