Directions to MIA
DRIVING FROM IHCC TO THE
MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS ("Mia")
(Jan. 21, 2019)
with I-35W south closed for dozens of blocks, you might be safer to simply
follow the directions below, rather than use GPS or some other map app.
At the very least, be sure to print out the directions below in case you
need them. Note that in addition to I-35W south being out, there are other
bridges and streets around the museum that are out, and there are a number
of one-way streets near the museum, too. The directions below give you what
is probably the fastest route, especially in the tail end of rush-hour
traffic, which is even worse these days because of I-35W being out.
Again, print these directions and bring them with you!
Here are also a few “don’ts”:
(1) If you try to use US-52 to I-94 to Minneapolis, or US 55 to I-94 to
Minneapolis, you’ll get stuck in really bad rush-hour traffic.
(2) If you try to use County 62 west to get to I-35W, you’ll experience a
really long slowdown on County 62.
(3) If you try to use US 55 to 26th St. west, the bridge over
I-35W may be closed.
FROM IHCC TO MUSEUM:
Plan to leave IHCC
45-60 min. before you are due at MIA.
This allows extra time for freeway construction, rush hour, parking,
walking, and possible mistakes.
1. From IHCC,
go north from parking lots to 80th St.
2. On 80th,
go to the entrance to US 52 north.
Go on US 52 north to I-494 west.
On I-494 west, take I-35W north (to Minneapolis).
3. On I-35W go
north. (Don't take the Cty. 62 West/East exit.)
off I-35W at the 31st St./Lake St. exit.
31st St. or at Lake St. (which is the name of 30th St.),
turn left (west).
Go two blocks to 1st Ave., and turn right (north).
Stay in the “middle” lane for
the first few blocks.
Watch the signs carefully on 1st
Ave. north, and stay on it until
you get to 24th St.
Turn right (east) on 24th St.
east on 24th St. to 3rd Ave.
the museum's old front entrance.)
At 3rd Ave., turn right (south).
right away on 3rd Ave. south is Mia's new main
entrance–on a curved driveway on the right. Go onto the
driveway to drop others off. Address: 2400 34th Ave.
10. Then find
free street parking (it’s safe at night, especially when
it's this cold), or go another ½ block
on 3rd Ave. south
to any of three entrances to the
parking ramp on the right
($6 or so for
and walk back to the curved driveway, go through its
many doors, turn right, and go through more doors to the inner
lobby of Mia. (The "Children's Theater" is on the
left--don't go there.) I’ll be
in there, usually to the left.
You may check your coat on the right (secure) or ask to have
the free student coat room opened (not secure).
1. Meet in
your driving groups inside the museum.
Note: You will not be going back to the same I-35 ramp where
you got off. This is because
all the entrance ramps are closed
between downtown Mpls. and 46th
St. So, you'll be driving
through regular streets to get
to the 46th St. entrance ramp.
do this, from the museum parking ramp, turn right (south)
onto 3rd Ave. Go on 3rd Ave. to 26th
St. and turn right (west).
3. On 26th
St., go west five blocks to Blaisdell Ave.
Turn left (south) on Blaisdell Ave.
Go south on Blaisdell Ave. from 28th St. to 40th St.
4. At 40th
St., turn left (east). Go one full block to Nicollet Ave.
Turn right (south) on Nicollet Ave. Go to 46th St.
5. At 46th
St., turn left (east). Go on 46th St. a few blocks
to the I-35W entrance (it’s just before crossing the
freeway). Turn right (south) onto I-35W.
Take I-35W south, then I-494 east,
and then US 52 south.
(Or from I-35W south, you can take County 62 east and
then merge left onto MN 110 east, then to US 52 south).
7. On US 52
south, take the 80th St. exit and, at the end of
the exit, turn left (east).
8. On 80th
St., take the 2nd or 3rd right to return to IHCC.
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