Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer

#57 of 353 in Parks in Minnesota
Must see · Park · Nature / Park
Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Franconia was founded in 1996 by a small group of professional artists who envisioned a supportive artist residency community and open-air sculpture laboratory accessible to all. Today, this vision has been achieved through an active artist residency program that serves 40 artists each year and arts learning programming that serves over 150,000 annual visitors. Franconia provides an intriguing and exciting place to discover an ever-changing exhibition of monumental sculpture, and the opportunity to meet artists-in-residence who invite you to engage with their creations.

Through our artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Franconia, MN. We foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence. Find out how to plan Shafer trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The late spring heatwave broke just in time for our vacation, perfect weather to spend the morning wandering Franconia. Some art is created in reaction to thoughts or feelings; sometimes the thoughts....  more »
  • We've lived in the Twin Cities area since the early 1950's. Not that this attraction was there then, but we'd never even heard of it--until we went for a drive to get out of our condo during the...  more »
  • Great place to enjoy art with the family. Super kid friendly. Lots of interactive sculptures and cool things to look at worth the drive from the cities.
  • Flat walking area to check out soooo many awesome sculptures /art pieces. Free, but they do take donations. Big parking lot area. We didn't have time to see all art pieces, but wow! I'd love to come back. Great for kids too! You can use a golf cart for a $10 suggested donation. Interactive pieces too. Here are several pictures of what I saw.

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