Go, See, Explore: Murals in Minneapolis, MN

When googling definition of mural, a few options pop up, but I found it best described by Merriam Webster as applied to and made integral with a wall or ceiling surface.

A form of art you can see all through the Twin Cities, it can turn a blank wall into a beautiful piece of art that celebrates a famous person or provides a meaningful message for all to see. Imagine the time and effort it takes these artists to put together the idea, map out this larger than life canvas and then making their vision turn into life. You will recognize some of the iconic murals that pay tribute to Prince and Bob Dylan, but you’ll also see pieces that draw the eye to a bigger message.

There are too many to count across Minneapolis alone.

So where do you start with viewing all these murals? I’ve found that if you are looking to make multiple stops, using Mapquest has been my go to. There is an option to put in multiple addresses and it will provide the best route. They also have an option to upload an excel of addresses if that is easier for you.

This has provided me with a route around Minneapolis to view these murals. This is not a comprehensive list, there are way more murals that have popped up across the city. Some are all within walking distance so you can walk a street gallery in a short period of time.

Downtown Minneapolis

The Times are a Changin’ Mural (1, S. 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN)

This mural is a tribute to Bob Dylan through his three stages of life by artist Eduardo Kobra

Photo credit: Wikimedia

Crown Our Prince (101 N 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN)

Newly completed, the Crown our Prince mural depicts three images of the artist on the side of Ramp A in Minneapolis. This is supposed to be a complement to the Bob Dylan mural on 5th street. The Prince estate chose artist Hiero Veiga from Florida to complete this piece of art.

Baby I’m a Star (930 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN)

By artist Greg Gossel, this mural is a comic strip quoting lyrics from Prince. This was commissioned in support of small business Saturday.
Photo Credit: Greg Gossel Facebook

Music Wall (94 South 10th street, Minneapolis, MN)

On the building formerly known as Schmitt Music, this famous wall is most well known for having Prince posing in front of it in the 70’s for an iconic photo shoot. The lyrics are from Gaspard de la Nuit by Maurice Ravel. I saw an article that is saying the lot next to the wall has been purchased by a developer and the view will most likely change in the coming years if a building goes up.Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Uptown Minneapolis

Sing a Song for Uptown (1422 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN)

Located in an alleyway between Rainbow House and Fedex, this colorful mural was created by Greta McClain.

Rightsource building mural (2818 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN)

This piece was painted by Wundr as part of the annual LynLake street art series. Building was formerly Intermedia Arts in Uptown.
Photo Credit: Wundr Instagram

Lake Street

Gorditas El Gordo Mural (207 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN)

Alongside the outside wall of the restaurant is a beautiful mural depicting a village in Mexico.

Mercado Central Mural (1515 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN)

Funded by the Make on Lake Grant program, this piece was created by artist Pablo Kalaka and depicts the dynamics of Mexican culture.

The Family Partnership Mural (1527 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN)

The Family Partnership’s new Building For Better Futures resource center commissioned the City of Mischief Collective to create a welcoming presence to those they support coming to the center.
Photo Credit: City of Mischief Instagram

Lift garage mural (2401 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN)

Lift garage partnered with Modern Day Me to create a piece that spoke to the community.
Photo Credit: Lift Garage Facebook

West Bank Minneapolis

Trompe-L’oeil (Theatre in the Round) Mural (245 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN)

The Theatre worked with artist John Pugh to create this amazing piece on the side of their building.
Photo Credit: John Pugh Instagram

Northeast Minneapolis

Greetings from Minneapolis (515 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN)

Located in Northeast Minneapolis, this mural gives a view of a familiar structure in Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge.

Paddling Squirrels (1029 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, MN)

Behind the famous1029 Bar, you will see this piece that depicts a couple of squirrels paddling in a Blue Pabst canoe by the Broken Crow team.

North Minneapolis

Can You Hear Me Now (328 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN)

On the side of the 4th street saloon building facing the exit off 94, this piece is a tribute to North Minneapolis done by artist Charles Cardwell. Music is a focal point with Billie Holiday to show the creative spirit of North Minneapolis.

Juxtaposition Arts (1108 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN)

Juxtaposition Arts is an organization that provides opportunities to teens to create and be a part of hired projects throughout the Twin Cities. No surprise that their own building would be its own mural. Located in North Minneapolis, their continued success has provided the opportunity to expand and a new building will be built on the property in 2023.
Photo Credit: Juxtaposition Instagram

This is just a sample of the many murals you can see across in just Minneapolis. The number we can add can continue go grow in this expansive list!

Aimee is considered first generation, born and raised right in Minnesota made possible by her parents who are Vietnamese refugees. She is married to her husband Paul and they have four handsome boys - Davis (2010), twin boys, Miles and Quincy (2012), and Jones (2019). Aimee works as a Relationship Manager for her day job, has a love for delicious food, and is always ready for the next adventure with her little family. Follow Aimee and her family through Instagram Pinterest Facebook

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