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Private Tour-Minneapolis City Hall

This is another tour that is only available on a weekday, but I've heard a lot of good things about it, and decided that it was finally time that we did it. I apologize for the late posting, but I just received the confirmation from the tour office. This is a private tour just for our group. I have a limit of 30 people. The cost for this tour is $3.00. We will meet our tour guide by the Father of Waters statue in the rotunda off the 4th Street entrance by 1:45. Our tour is scheduled to start at 2:00. You can't miss the statue, it's really big. Please RSVP responsibly and update if your plans change.

I haven't been in the Minneapolis City Hall in years, but I remember it being a really interesting place. Even if you are not a Minneapolis resident, I'm sure you will find this to be an interesting tour. If you didn't know, it is the brown stone castle looking building across from the Hennepin County Government Center. There are many entrances, you can get to our meeting place from any of them.

The City Hall and Courthouse is home to an abundance of local history and urban legend. Discover amazing facts about the building on a tour led by one of our volunteer docents. Tour highlights include the 44-ton Father of Waters statue, the five-story Rotunda adorned with stained glass windows, the recently renovated City Council Chambers, a clock tower rising to 345 feet, grotesques peering out from around the Rotunda elevator doors, the Lillian Cross tile, and million-year-old fossils. The City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906. The building has an elegance and grandeur not found in modern building due to its Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and multiple interior design styles.

As always, following our tour, those interested will gather at one of the many local restaurants for socializing, food and conversation. I hope many members will join us.

Parking is available on the streets and in many ramps, including the Hennepin County Government Center and across from City Hall on the 4th Street side. Buses and the light rail go right past it. One word of warning, do not park in the ramp that is on 4th Avenue, it is outrageously expensive.

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  • Roxie

    Sorry to hear about the tow!!!The tour was wonderful,Pierre was too!! I loved Peters Grill,great fun!! Have you ever thought,maybe Pierre has something to do Peters Grill,!You know Pierre? Peter? Just a thought!!!See ya!!

    May 23, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    Sooo Sorry Linda ! We just missed you all at Peter's Grill. Turned out Linda and Pierre has once been neighbors ! So there was a long chat - and then I visited with my former co-worker in Elections - got to Grill about 5:25 !
    All in all a good day for us --- but So Sorry about your tow.
    We parked and took the lite rail - and then waited til the price went back down at 6:30 !
    See you at the Children's Museum !

    May 23, 2013

  • Linda B.

    Really interesting. It was really neat to see areas I had never seen before and to learn things I never knew. Lots of good questions from the group our guide was able to answer. I discovered my car was towed when I left Peter's Grill. Still haven't gotten it, but that's another story.

    May 22, 2013

    • Ginny R.

      On no, that's terrible! Minneapolis has such expensive tows.......

      May 23, 2013

  • irish

    Wonderful tour with good friends

    May 22, 2013

  • Paulette

    Wonderful tour guide

    May 22, 2013

  • Barbara T.

    Something came up and I have to take my puppy to the vet. Would love to do this if it is offered again.

    May 21, 2013

  • Heidi

    sorry, misread the date - can't miss work that day.

    May 19, 2013

  • rosie

    how long is the tour?

    May 19, 2013

    • Susan

      3 hours? LOL

      May 19, 2013

    • Linda B.

      Three hours, I don't think so, probably more like an hour to an hour to an hour and a half.

      May 19, 2013

  • rosie

    plan on it - really 3 hours long???

    May 19, 2013

  • Natalie

    Can't get off from work this time. Hope another tour is scheduled sometime.

    May 19, 2013

  • Susan

    I work until 2:30pm.

    May 19, 2013

  • Barbara T.

    When does the tour end?

    May 19, 2013

  • Sharon C.

    I am definitely thinking about this --- decision SOON !!

    May 18, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Given the parking rates in that area, I might even brave public transportation for this one.

    2 · May 18, 2013

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