The largest city in Minnesota, cosmopolitan Minneapolis lies on both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of the river's confluence with the Minnesota River. Its neighbor, St. Paul, is the state capital. Together the cities are known as the "Twin Cities" and form the core of the fifteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a population of 3.5 million and myriad Minneapolis event venues.
The Minneapolis skyline is dominated by three, architecturally distinctive skyscrapers: 57-floor, Art-Deco-style Wells Fargo Center, 56-floor 225 South 6th Building and the 55-floor IDS tower. The IDS tower was featured in the opening sequence of the much-loved Mary Tyler Moore Show, a 1970s sitcom.
Located next to St. Anthony Falls, the only waterfall on the 2,320-mile Mississippi River, Minneapolis harnessed the falls' hydropower and became the "Flour Milling Capital of the World" from 1880-1930 and the birthplace of global giants, General Mills and Pillsbury. Visitors can experience this unique heritage at Mill City Museum, housed in the historic Washburn A Mill.
Minneapolis is known worldwide for its highly educated population and thriving cultural scene that rivals much larger cities. Its vibrant theatre community, with 100 performance groups, is second only to New York City, per capita. It features historic performance spaces, such as the Orpheum Theatre, where audiences enjoy Broadway productions, dance groups and big-name concerts throughout the year such as the smash-hit musical, "Jersey Boys," the hypnotic footwork of "Lord of the Dance" and the side-splitting parody of "Monty Python's Spamalot." Regional theatre was nurtured here, and the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theatre is one of its superstars.
Minneapolis is home to 37 museums; many of which are noteworthy for their distinguished collections. Minneapolis Institute of Arts is known for its encyclopedic, international collection spanning 5,000 years from ancient Egyptian Art to works by the masters of the Italian Renaissance and the French Impressionists to the contemporary sculptures of Henry Moore.
Walker Art Center focuses on contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits. Its impressive collection includes well-known names like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. Adjacent to the museum is the renowned Minneapolis Sculpture Garden which showcases large-scale works by Henry Moore, George Segal, Ellsworth Kelly and other acclaimed sculptors.
Minneapolis is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle. Five Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here: Target Corporation, U.S. Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Fortune 1000 companies include PepsiAmericas, Valspar Corporation and Donaldson Company.