Top 10 Freebies in the Twin Cities

Slumping economy got you down? Stash your money under the mattress and check out these always-free great places to gather in the Twin Cities.

Updated: April 03, 2009

The Top 10


Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 Third Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Van Gogh and Degas never looked better, thanks to daily free admission at this massive art museum.


Summit Brewing Company

910 Montreal Cir, St. Paul, MN 55102

Local brews are all the rage, and it doesn't get much more local than Summit, which has made St. Paul its home for more than two decades. The local institution offers free tours and samples on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. You can sip on a bubbly Northern Porter and Pale Ale, learning all about what makes them taste so good.


Ted Mann Concert Hall

2106 Fourth St S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

This modern and splendid concert hall on the campus of the U of M overlooks the Mississippi River and is in itself a fun and free destination. But the concert hall also hosts plenty of free events throughout the year, including concerts by gospel choirs, jazz ensembles, symphonies and more.


Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The first Thursday of every month, this world-famous art museum opens its doors/robot mouth for free. Enjoy the permanent collection of Rothkos and Yoko Onos and more, check out traveling exhibits that explore architecture and landscapes and everything in between, and enjoy a free film or stage event--all in one night.


Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop

303 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This wine mecca offers dozens of selections for gratis vino tastings from 10:30am to 6pm every Friday and Saturday.


Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

This hip gallery always features work my some of the coolest and most cutting-edge artists around.


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Vineland Pl and Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The famous spoon is still missing its cherry as it waits to ripen in the repair shop, but that's all the more reason you should visit this unique and free sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center. Checking out the grounds and the ultra-modern works also makes for the perfect and ultra-cheap date in the spring and summer months.


Sam's Washington Ave Wine Shop

218 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The first Wednesday of every month, the wine experts at this shop hold free wine tastings for beginners and connisseurs.


Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

333 E River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Open Tuesday through Saturday, the exhibits at this gorgeous and world-famous Frank Gehry-designed art museum are always free. The permanent collection is extensive, and includes works by Georgia O?Keefe, among others. And the exhibits, like a recent one exploring artwork of the WPA, always offer a fresh perspective on current events.


More Budget Picks


Mann Hopkins Cinema 6

1118 Main St, Hopkins, MN 55343

See second-run blockbusters for $2 or less at this charming, old-school movie theater.


Aveda Institute Minneapolis

400 Central Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Cosmetologists-in-training offer $12 haircuts and foils beginning at $40 at this training salon that feels more indulgent than it costs.