Project Location

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
726 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Project Manager

Dana Murdoch

Language Resources

Correo Electró


Current Phase: Construction; reopening scheduled for June 3

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden greenhouse, select trees up for bid

Before the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reconstruction breaks ground this spring, the existing staff greenhouse and a number of trees need to be removed. The MPRB Forestry Department reviewed the trees slated for removal and determined it does not have the resources to provide the high level of care the trees will require for a successful […]

Project update presented to MPRB Board of Commissioners

On Feb. 3 an update on the project [PDF] was presented to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners. Construction will begin in May 2016 and is expected to wrap up by June 2017.

Cowles Conservatory closed beginning October 23, 2015

In preparation for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Reconstruction project, the Cowles Conservatory will be closed beginning Friday, October 23, 2015. The sculpture Standing Fish will be removed for relocation at this time. As originally planned, the building will remain closed through the winter and through construction. Construction of the project is planned to start early […]

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Project Milestones

June 3, 2017

May 2016–June 2017

  • Construction duration (Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be closed)

February 2016

  • Estimated bidding for construction

October 2015-June 2017

  • Cowles Conservatory closed

August-October 2015

  • Sculpture removal begins

Project History

April 15, 2015

  • Public hearing for conceptual design

April 14, 2014

  • Community Engagement, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Meetings, and Schematic Design

November 18, 2014

August 15, 2014

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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

Past Meetings

April 15, 2015 – Public Hearing Presentation [PDF]

April 14, 2015 – CAC Meeting #5 Presentation [PDF]

February 23, 2015 – CAC Meeting #4 Summary

January 20, 2015 – CAC Meeting #3 Summary

December 12, 2014 – CAC Meeting #2/Open House Summary

December 10, 2014 – CAC Meeting #1 Summary

Upcoming Meetings

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After twenty five years and more than eight million visitors, the Sculpture Garden’s failing infrastructure needs to be reconstructed in a sustainable manner to serve visitors now and for generations to come. The project includes repair or replacement of deteriorated and inadequate infrastructure such as irrigation, drainage and stormwater systems, walkways, retaining walls, and other physical assets of the sculpture garden. The project will also result in increased physical accessibility and improved energy efficiency.

The MPRB has received up to $10 million in public funding to reconstruct the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. In May 2014, the Minnesota State Legislature appropriated $8.5 million in state bonding funds to the project and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization has dedicated up to $1.5 million for innovative stormwater management systems in the project.

Park History

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden History [PDF]