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Explore Our City’s Story – Doors Open Minneapolis

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Doors Open Minneapolis Program Guide 

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long celebration, May 18-19, that will allow visitors free, behind-the-scenes access to 110+ unique venues that showcase our city’s past, present and future. Sites will be organized around nine themes:  Arts & Culture, Business & Commerce, Civic, Education, Historic, Infrastructure & Sustainability, Innovation, Made in Mpls, and Sacred Spaces. Visitors may tour one or many of the architectural and innovative spaces that have agreed to open their doors for this first-of-its kind event.

Almost 1000 Doors Open greeters will be needed at participating venues to ensure a great experience for all.  Volunteer sign-up and list of participating venues is available at www.doorsopenminneapolis.com 

Media Contact
Sheila Green
For Doors Open Minneapolis
(952) 851-7217

Doors Open Minneapolis a New City Celebration

Weekend-long civic celebration May 18-19, 2019 brings visitors free access to 110+ unique venues

 MINNEAPOLIS — March 5, 2019 — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced today that he will join architectural, civic, business, and non-profit leaders from across the city to launch Doors Open Minneapolis (Doors Open). The weekend-long civic celebration May 18-19, 2019 will provide visitors a behind-the-scenes look at 110+ unique venues across Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

The diverse venues range from historical buildings presenting stories about the past, to the newest buildings showcasing how they are leading the city into the future. Visitors will be able to tailor their Doors Open experiences by visiting sites organized around nine different themes: Arts & Cultural, Business & Commerce, Civic, Education, Historic, Infrastructure & Sustainability, Innovation, Made in Minneapolis, and Sacred Spaces.

“Our city is home to some of the most spectacular architecture anywhere in the nation – through Doors Open Minneapolis, we’ll highlight it,” said Frey. “Our city is home to some of the most forward-looking innovative community leaders in the nation – Doors Open Minneapolis will offer opportunities to get to know them. Most of all, I cannot wait to partner with people from all across Minneapolis to tell our city’s story.”

Mayor Frey kicked off a public awareness campaign for Doors Open with a tour and news conference at Bellisio Foods, Inc, a Minneapolis-based American frozen food manufacturing company.

“We are excited to have Doors Open Minneapolis become a reality,” said Scott Mayer, Doors Open representative. “This event includes venues throughout the entire city and in every neighborhood. The public will have a chance to have unique access to explore what is new and what is made in Minneapolis, while also uncovering hidden treasures.” added Mayer.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) helped coordinate the venues and is one of several sponsors for the event. “The rich history of design and architecture of Minneapolis connects people to the city’s past while positioning it for the future,” said Michael Kisch, AIA, AIA Minneapolis president. “We look forward to sharing the stories embedded in Minneapolis’ buildings, by making them accessible at Doors Open,” Kisch added.

Other U.S. cities have successfully launched similar initiatives. Open House Chicago began in 2011, and last year over 100,000 unique individuals visited 257 sites in the city and two near suburbs. Doors Open Milwaukee also began in 2011 and last year 26,100 visited approximately 170 sites as part of its tour.

Partners and Sponsors of Doors Open Minneapolis are Presenting Sponsor Comcast, the City of Minneapolis, American Institute of Architects Minneapolis (AIA-Minneapolis), Andersen Corporation, United Properties, VAA Engineering, Bellisio, Minneapolis Building Trades, Xcel Energy, Ackerberg, the Downtown Council, Meet Minneapolis, ESG Architects, TractorWorks Building, The Woman’s Club, Canopy by Hilton, Tunheim, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, Star Tribune, AirVuz, and Lime.

Almost 1000 volunteer greeters will be needed at participating venues of the event to ensure a great experience.

To learn more about Doors Open, view the list of participating venues, and for volunteer sign up visit: www.doorsopenminneapolis.org.

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About Doors Open Minneapolis:

Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that gives the public free, behind-the-scenes access to over 110 buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. From theaters to business hubs, sacred spaces to private clubs, sports complexes to engineering wonders, historical gems to not-even-open-yet buildings, Doors Open Minneapolis gives visitors the opportunity to have meaningful conversations with many of the people who make these venues the marvels that they are. Doors Open is a chance to venture into new neighborhoods, learn the stories of Minneapolis’ buildings, and experience the rich and diverse cultures of our community.

About AIA Minneapolis:

AIA Minneapolis is the largest chapter in Minnesota with more than 1,600 members. Centered in Minneapolis, the chapter territory includes the southwestern portion of the state. As a large chapter, AIA Minneapolis participates with other large chapters nationwide to focus attention on significant issues facing members. The chapter provides leadership, networking, and outreach opportunities for its members.


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May 18, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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