What’s Open (and Closed) in Minneapolis Right Now

With pandemic restrictions slowly lifting in Minneapolis, many Minnesotans are eager to get out and enjoy the summertime in the city. But it can be tricky trying to find just what there is to do as businesses are only progressively opening. Here’s a look at what is open and what is closed around Minneapolis to plan out, well, going out.


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AMC Theaters (Closed)

400 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435

The AMC nationwide theater chain is still trying to prep their chains for being able to handle the movie-going crowds once more. They will be opening back up at the end of July, but this decision may have more to do with new movie releases. Previously, Mulan and Tenet, two summer tent-poles, were scheduled for theatrical releases in July but have since been pushed back to August. AMC plans to reopen on July 31st with the opening of the new thriller Unhinged and the 10th-anniversary screening of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

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Emagine Theaters (Open)

9900 Shelard Pkwy, Plymouth, MN 55441

The smaller theater chain of Emagine has already opened its doors back up to the public for classic movie screenings. The theater in Willow Creek, for example, showed support for Black Lives Matter a few weeks ago by showcasing Black-led cinema that included In The Heat of the Night and Do The Right Thing. Current showings include such classic movies as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter. Masks required.

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Guthrie Theater (Closed)

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Home to many marvelous live productions, the Guthrie Theater remains closed as of this writing. They are currently taking donations to help sustain their iconic building of the arts.

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Minneapolis Central Library (Closed)

300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

While plans are in place to open the library later this year, the Minneapolis Central Library remains closed at this time. Plans are in place, however, for reopening very soon.

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Half-Price Books (Open)

5017 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416

Those craving a book or DVD will be happy to know that Half-Price Books have opened back up their doors for indoor shopping as the best place to acquire used novels and movies. Stores now have limited capacity and require masks. They’re also available for buying your used books, but by appointment only.

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Walker Art Center (Closed)

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

As one of the most multi-medium art galleries in Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center is unfortunately still closed during the pandemic. They will, however, be re-opening on July 16th.

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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Open)

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

While the Walker Art Center may not be open, the open Minneapolis Sculpture Garden just across the street has opened for strolling on a fair summer day. Though the routes have some rules and restrictions, one can still partake in the visual splendor of the outdoor art, including, but not limited to, the giant spoon and cherry that has made the location so iconic.

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Minneapolis Institute of Art (Closed)

2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

While being one of the hotspots checking out a whole lot of art in Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Institute of Art still remains closed and has yet to announce a reopening date. They will hopefully reopen soon.

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The Pourhouse Uptown (Open)

2923 Girard Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55408

For those seeking to grab a bite and enjoy the day, The Pourhouse in Uptown is now open for reservations for ordering up a beer and burger. Though not as happening given that Pourhouse is usually a party spot, it’s still nice to just get out and eat in such a fine location within Uptown.

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Up-Down Minneapolis (Open)

3012 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Up-Down’s big appeal is that it’s a bar with the most enticing of arcade atmospheres. They’ve recently reopened to the public with some safety precautions so you can enjoy a cold beer while mashing buttons on arcade cabinets that include X-Men, Terminator 2, TRON, and more.

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Mall of America (Open)

60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

When the day gets too hot but you still want to get some walking in, the Mall of America is a prime spot to get some walking and shopping in this summer to beat the heat. Having reopened their doors, the legendary large mall of Minnesota has a little bit of everything with most businesses opening back up.

 

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