June Tours

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Cost: $8 per person unless otherwise noted ($10 on-site at the tour for walk-ups, although please note that tours will likely sell out in advance, with no room for walk-ups.)
Please note that space is limited and some events may sell out before the day of the event.
If you lack internet access, or have any questions or concerns about the tour program, please contact our Tour Coordinater, Katy Epler, at tours@preserveminneapolis.org or 612-695-7572.
Time: Tours typically last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Exact times are contingent on factors such as weather and group size. Please contact us if you have any questions about lengths of specific tours, or ask your guide at the beginning of the tour.
Distance/terrain: Please see details listed for each tour. Some tours are short and flat, others are longer and hilly.
Kids (and strollers) are welcome, but no dogs or other pets, please. 

Midtown: A Place to Call Home

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Guides: Joyce Wisdom and Shari Albers

Starting point: Midtown Exchange (Lake Street & Chicago Avenue)
Cost: $8
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In the late 1870s, throngs of Scandinavians began making their way to Minneapolis. This influx helped to guide the pattern of urban growth of South Minneapolis, particularly around Lake Street. See how Lake Street has, both historically and today, been a home to the city’s new immigrants, including the small businesses and cultural organizations they established in their pursuit of the American Dream.

This tour will walk approximately 25 blocks.


Hennepin Avenue Theater District
Hennepin Avenue Theater District

When: Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Guides: Christopher Yaeger and John Smoley

Starting point: State Theatre Box Office, 804 Hennepin Avenue
Cost: $8
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Experienced guides lead you in exploring the elegant interiors of the State, Orpheum, and Pantages theaters—the dressing rooms and backstage corridors not typically open to the public. We’ll highlight architecture and historical facts and stories, and describe the city’s theater restoration efforts along “Theater Row.”

This tour will walk about 5 city blocks.

Uptown: The Lakes District

The Uptown tour has been rescheduled for August 7th.

Lowry and Walker Legacies Biking Tour (RESCHEDULED)

NEW DATE: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Guide: Peter Sussman

Starting point: Smith Triangle Park, at W. 24th Street and Hennepin AvenueLowry and Walker Legacies Biking Tour

Cost: $8
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Thomas Lowry and T. B. Walker stand out in Minneapolis history as representatives of “an era of constructive civic optimism.” From sculptor Karl Bitter’s 1915 Lowry Memorial to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, we will trace their contributions in shaping the Minneapolis neighborhoods, parks, and institutions we know today. In addition to the former site of the Lowry-Walker home (now the Walker Art Center), our tour will pass the 1894 home of architect F. B. Long and view the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

This tour will bike about 3 miles, and will follow gradual uphill slopes.

SOLD OUT! Como-Harriet Streetcar Line Walking Tour

When: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line Walking TourGuide: Aaron Isaacs

Starting point: 34th Street and Irving Avenue South (2 blocks east of Lake Calhoun)
Cost: $13 (PLEASE NOTE that this tour costs slightly more than our typical tours, but your ticket also includes a trolley ride!)


Explore the abandoned and reconstructed streetcar line. The tour will include remnants of the original Twin Cities Rapid Transit streetcar line, the former Lyndale Hotel site, the Museum’s car barn, and the Linden Hills business district. Includes a stop for ice cream (cost not included) and a vintage streetcar ride.

This tour will walk a total of 1 1/2 miles, and ride the streetcar 1 1/2 miles.

SOLD OUT! The Edwardians of Lowry Hill East: Downton Abbey Meets Bryant Avenue

When: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Guide: Kathy Kulberg

Starting point:  The Pavilion at Mueller Park, 2509 Colfax Avenue South
Cost: $8


Who lived in the beautiful Victorian homes of Lowry Hill East?  In 1900, the hot spot to build and locate for upwardly mobile middle class entrepreneurs and businessmen were the newly platted lots between Lyndale and Hennepin avenues. Boulevards, lakes, and the fast, efficient Minneapolis Street Railway system made the area very desirable.  Local historian Kathy Kullberg will bring to life the individual families that entertained and made society happen in Edwardian-era Minneapolis (1900-1914).

This tour walks approximately 3 blocks.

SOLD OUT! The Lost Gateway District of Minneapolis

When: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Guides: Kirsten Delegard and James Eli Shiffer

Starting point: The Gay ’90s, at 408 Hennepin Avenue
Cost: $8The Lost Gateway District of Minneapolis: Walking Tour (NEW...

During the early twentieth century, the Gateway, or Lower Loop, was the largest skid row in the Upper Midwest, including flophouses, missions, and bars mixed with a variety of other businesses that needed cheap rents and a central location. Between 1959 and 1963, in an effort to clean up the area, Minneapolis demolished 25 blocks, or almost 40 percent of its historic downtown—turning this part of the city into a wasteland of surface parking lots. Revisit the seedy history of the Gateway District and its unfortunate redevelopment, and learn about current proposals to return street life to this formerly bustling area.

This tour will walk about 1.5 miles.


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