12 Best Museums in Minneapolis MN for a First Date

In the car, I just can’t wait to pick you up on our very first (museum) date!” – Blink 182. 

Okay, okay, maybe Blink 182’s song First Date doesnt say “museum” date but they should have! Museum dates are an underrated chance to get to know your person, your city, and a wide range of topics in a unique way. Here’s our award winning list of 12 awesome museums in Minneapolis guaranteed to make for a great first date.

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Walker Art Center

At the Walker Art Center, you and your person can explore contemporary art together. The museum is home to a wide range of visual arts, and many rotating and remaining exhibitions. Plus, for a bonus, there is a bar on site! So if your dates are going well, continue it at Cardamom for a drink. 

  • Cost: $18
  • Address: 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Lovingly referred to as MIA, it’s the place to be if you and your date share a passion for art and culture. Casually hanging inside is an extensive and diverse collection of world-class art, spanning centuries and continents! As you wander through the museum’s galleries, you and your date will be amazed as you admire European masterpieces, explore the heritage of Asia, and appreciate American classics. Talk about a conversation starter! 

  • Cost: Free
  • Address: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, United States
Science Museum of Minnesota

With the slogan, “There is something for everyone to enjoy,” you’ll get hooked on something cool with your date at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This museum offers a plethora of hands-on exhibits that encourage interactive learning, hopefully helping to ignite a spark between you and your date!

  • Cost: $40
  • Address: 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102, United States
Mill City Museum

Have you ever wanted to time travel? What about time travel with a date? Well, now you can…kind of. Step back in time together to uncover the rich history of Minneapolis and its flour milling industry at the Mill City Museum. You two will learn a lot of interesting facts and even get to visit the ruins of the historic mill. 

  • Cost: $12
  • Address: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, United States
American Swedish Institute

For a taste of Swedish culture and art,  head to the American Swedish Institute, which makes for a creative first date. The stately institute is bound to impress your date, as it’s all housed inside a stunning mansion. Inside, take your time and explore the various art exhibitions at your own pace. There is also a Swedish cafe on site, so you can have a Swedish treat after your date should things be going well! 

  • Cost: $13
  • Address: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Weisman Art Museum

Located on the happening University of Minnesota campus, the Weisman Art Museum is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. It’s a unique spot for a date as it often lays under the radar, but is a gem hidden with amazing modern and contemporary art. You and your date can meander through its striking galleries, sharing your thoughts and opinions. Be sure to get some sneaky questions about your date there!

  • Cost: Free 
  • Address: 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States
Museum of Russian Art

Picture this, you and your date, surrounded by Russian icons, paintings, and sculptures, as if you’ve stepped into a world of your own, right in the heart of Moscow. A visit to the Museum of Russian Art will do just that! Try it yourself!

  • Cost: $14
  • Address: 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, United States
The Bell Museum

With a state-of-the-art planetarium, interactive exhibits, and the chance to touch a real meteorite, this museum is an out-of-this-world date idea that your special someone will cherish for a long time. Hopefully, your first date to the Bell Museum will be the launchpad for a star-studded relationship that will shine for a long time. 

  • Cost: $15
  • Address: 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113, United States
Hennepin History Museum

Grab your date, it’s time to check out the one-of-a-kind Hennepin History Museum. Here, you and your date can uncover the history that has shaped this vibrant region through stories, art, and other artifacts. It’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon, as you will be more informed about Hennepin, and your special someone! 

  • Cost: By Donation 
  • Address: 2303 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404
Firefighters Hall and Museum

Is it hot in here or is it just your date to the Firefighters Hall and Museum?! If you didn’t think a museum about firefighters could be fun, think again! This museum provides a unique glimpse into the amazing efforts of firefighters throughout history, even showcasing vintage fire trucks and equipment! 

  • Cost: Free 
  • Address: 664 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, United States
Foshay Museum and Observation Deck

Reach a new level with your date at the Foshay Museum and Observation Deck!  As you make your way up, you can enjoy a jaw-dropping view that’s almost as stunning as your date. Considered a top destination in the city, the Foshay Tower stands tall at 32 stories. Enjoy the journey to the museum nestled within this unique skyscraper with your date to uncover the fascinating story behind its creation and its eccentric creator. Be sure to bring your camera! 

  • Cost: From $10
  • Address: 821 S Marquette Ave 30th floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Pavek Museum

Now here’s a first-date spot unlike any other. At the Pavek Museum, you can learn all about vintage technology and broadcasting and it will feel like a huge dose of nostalgia! Together with your date, learn about the evolution of communication and technology, from antique radios to broadcasting equipment. This is a chance to connect with your person, without any modern-day distractions!

  • Cost:  $11.00
  • Address: 3517 Raleigh Avenue, St Louis Park, MN 55416, United States
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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.