Art in Bloom 2019

The crowd gathers near the entrance to the special Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibit

Winter’s been overstaying its welcome again this year, but as always there are things to keep us occupied indoors. Lately, my wife and I have been organizing all our books. But when it’s time to get out of your house and a spring blizzard has covered the ground in a gross slush for another week, what to do?

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A bloom to match Chihuly

We hadn’t yet seen the Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, so last weekend we decided to check it off of our to do list before it closed later in the week. Like many of Mia’s traveling exhibits, it was very interesting to see such ancient, important artifacts so far from home. Lindsay’s a big fan of Ancient Egyptian stuff and this exhibit had a lot to offer on the unique cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, underwater for more than a millennia and a half. We particularly enjoyed it’s focus on Egyptian religion and the interesting melding of Greek and Egyptian mythology in the temple city of Canopus. A good tip to remember, if you wait until the last minute to get in before the special exhibit’s last day, you can get some good deals on the related merch!

Upon arriving at the museum, it seemed we were far from alone from deciding that a Friday afternoon was a good time for a visit. The day coincided with one of Mia’s most popular yearly events, Art in Bloom. The museum was filled with the intoxicating perfumes of various blooms, as well as packed with people admiring local florists arrangements in homage to Mia’s collections. The colorful bouquets can make even the most miserable, slushy April feel like the spring we are all craving. Outside, a wintry mix was falling from a dreary sky onto grimy streets, but inside, fresh flowers allowed us to imagine the coming time of year. Art in Bloom is always a fun time to visit Mia, still free for the vast, shifting collections the museum boasts and the intricate, innovative floral arrangements paying tribute to some of the museum’s beloved works of art are different each time. It’s definitely a great time to check out the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

I’d recommend taking public transit or walking, the parking in the whole area was wild, with the museum offering valet parking for full lots. We parked a few blocks away without too much trouble, though, making a perfect opportunity to bring home some donuts from Glam Doll on Nicollet for a nice donut dinner. The many restaurants on Eat Street, only a couple blocks away, are a nice way to end any visit to Mia.

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Flowers inside, snow outside

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