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Guthrie Theater

Watch a show at night or tour the remarkable building during the day at this world-class theater in Minneapolis.

The Guthrie Theater has been a Minneapolis institution for over half a century, but its present-day modern building, which resembles a grain silo, was erected in 2006. The productions staged here and the tours of the building will transport you into a world of classic theater.

Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the theater’s founder, was tired of the commercialization of Broadway. He wanted to establish a theater company that remained loyal to the classics, with performers who maintained traditional acting standards. He started his legacy in 1963 with one of the most classic stage productions: Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Guthrie passed away in 1971, but his dream lives on.

The Guthrie Theater still favors classical productions by Shakespeare, with many plays and events dedicated to his famous scripts. However, since the 1980s the directors have pushed for more modern and artistic performances to be included.

The sleek design of the modern theater is by Jean Nouvel. The French architect has modeled the midnight-blue building to fit in with the river landscape and history of grain in the Mill District. The lobby, known as the Endless Bridge, is an observatory-style space that “hangs” over West River Parkway and has great views of the Mississippi River.

Performances are held almost every day on one of three stages. To keep a certain degree of intimacy between the actors and audience, no seat is more than 15 rows or 52 feet (16 meters) away from the stage.

Guthrie Theater is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Expect to pay a considerable parking fee during events and local Viking football games. Backstage tours are scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. You can take an architecture tour or a tour of the nearby CostumeRentals, which is the name of their warehouse, on the first Saturday of every month. To order tickets for a performance or tour, visit the Guthrie Theater website.


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Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown CA $122
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Hyatt Place Minneapolis Downtown

425 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Center and Mill City Museum. Orpheum Theatre and Guthrie Theater are also within 15 minutes. Metrodome Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nicollet Mall Station is 10 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis CA $131
    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

    Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

    1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis Convention Center and State Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 15 minutes.

      Millennium Minneapolis CA $91
      Millennium Minneapolis

      Millennium Minneapolis

      1313 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nicollet Mall and Orpheum Theatre. Minneapolis Convention Center and State Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is 13 minutes by foot and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 15 minutes.

        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis CA $122
        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis

        The Grand Hotel Minneapolis

        615 Second Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Target Center, and Nicollet Mall. Skyway Theatre and State Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Nicollet Mall Station is only a 4-minute walk and Warehouse - Hennepin Station is 7 minutes.

          Aloft Minneapolis CA $126
          Aloft Minneapolis

          Aloft Minneapolis

          900 Washington Ave South, Minneapolis, MN
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District CA $122
            Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District

            Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis Mill District

            708 Third Street South, Minneapolis, MN
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Radisson RED Minneapolis CA $115
              Radisson RED Minneapolis

              Radisson RED Minneapolis

              609 3rd Street South, Minneapolis, MN
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Minneapolis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mill Ruins Park, U.S. Bank Stadium and Guthrie Theater. Target Center and University of Minnesota-Minneapolis are also within 1 mile (2 km). Metrodome Station is only a 5-minute walk and Government Plaza Station is 9 minutes.

                Hilton Minneapolis CA $111
                Hilton Minneapolis

                Hilton Minneapolis

                1001 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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