Even a showy Georgia O’Keefe painting of two vivid red poppies can’t compete with the Weisman’s biggest eye-catcher: its building, which changes appearance throughout the day as light reflects off a shiny steel maze of curves and funky angles designed by famed architect Frank Gehry.
Gehry’s iconic steel panels create a multidimensional structure that would fit well within a Dr. Seuss book. The museum easily ranks among the Twin Cities’ more interesting landmarks. Opened in 1993 to house the University of Minnesota’s collection of more than 20,000 artworks, it expanded recently with new side panels.
To make the most of the museum, look for tours with Weisguides, usually on weekends. Even if you’re not a fan of modern art, at least take a drive by the building. It looks especially dramatic draped in the warm tones of sunset. The Weisman doesn’t charge admission, but a $3 donation is suggested.