The Cowles Conservatory is located on the western edge of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden just west of downtown at the intersection of Vineland Place and Hennepin/Lyndale Avenues.
The Conservatory and sculpture garden land are owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The Walker Art Center owns the artwork on the 11-acre site.
The Conservatory’s glass structure features permanent and seasonal horticultural displays including exotic orchids, walkways of stephanotis vines, pass-throughs covered in creeping fig, a pond, and dozens of fragrant and colorful species. The displays are created and maintained by MPRB gardeners.
The hallmark art within the conservatory is the 22-foot Standing Glass Fish by architect Frank Gehry (architect for the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota) located in the Palm Room.
Cowles Conservatory is a great Minnesota winter getaway to the tropics, and is a popular site year round for weddings, receptions and special gatherings. Click for rental information or call 612-230-6400.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Cowles Conservatory opened in 1988 with a contribution by philanthropists John Cowles, Jr. and his wife Jane Sage Fuller (who also had key roles in bringing the Guthrie Theater and Metrodome to Minneapolis). John Cowles Jr. was president and CEO of Cowles Media.
Historical Profile: More information about this and other parks is included in Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More, a richly detailed account of the histories of Minneapolis' renowned recreational system.