The Byzantine Chapel at Lakewood Cemetery is really a sight to be seen!
The chapel interior was created by New York designer Charles Lamb and many consider it the most perfect example of Byzantine mosaic art in the United States. In 1909, Lamb traveled to Rome to enlist the services of six highly accomplished mosaic artists who had just recently completed a project in the Vatican. The artists created more than 10 million mosaic pieces, called tessellae, from marble, colored stone, and glass fused with gold and silver. The artists then traveled to Minneapolis to assemble the work inside the chapel. Upon its completion in 1910, the Lakewood Memorial chapel was the only building in the country with an authentic mosaic interior.
The chapel dome is 65 feet high and ringed with stained-glass windows that serve as a sundial telling the time of day and season. Four large mosaic figures representing Love, Hope, Faith and Memory are situated on the side walls below the dome. The figures were based on paintings by Lamb’s wife, Ella Condie Lamb, a noted portrait artist of her time.
To see this chapel for yourself and learn more about it’s importance and history, visit Lakewood’s Administration Building (first building when you enter the front gates) and ask Lakewood staff if they are able to open the chapel for you. While there, pick up a complimentary copy of the chapel tour guide and visit the exhibit “Lakewood Memorial Chapel: 1910 to Today” in the lower level. Other tour guides, including one on symbolism can be found here. All tours are free!
You may also want to check out some of Lakewood’s one-of-a-kind monuments while you’re at the cemetery.
Lakewood Cemetery & Chapel
3600 Hennepin Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Looking for a fun, inexpensive activity for today? I recommend heading to the Como Park Zoo. The Zoo is FREE and is half outdoors, half indoors so you can enjoy the nice weather while still finding some shelter for lunch or whatnot.
Click to find a list of events held at the Zoo today. Also, go and explore the Conservatory while you’re at the Zoo to soak up some humidity and view all the pretty flowers.
You may see these “Little Free Libraries” popping up around the Twin Cities. Take a book, leave a book and a whole community can unite and grow together. It’s a fabulous concept!
Get the full scoop on Twin Cities Daily Planet.
Congrats to St. Paul’s Como Park Conservatory for being featured in Twisted Sifter’s 20 Stunning Japanese Gardens Around the World (including Japan!).
If you haven’t yet seen Como’s Japanese Garden, head on over! The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is FREE and open daily. While you’re there, be sure to also take a peek at the bonsai gallery!
Sometimes a good deal is worth a little effort, especially if you’re keeping an eye on your budget. If you’d like to see a show at the impressive Guthrie Theater but do not want to pay full price for tickets, head to the Guthrie ticket office on the day of the show you want to see and 10 minutes before showtime, tickets will be 50% off!
I love the Summit Avenue Walking Tour podcasts! Download these podcasts, put on your walking shoes and head over to gorgeous Summit Avenue in St. Paul for a historic tour, workout and fun activity all rolled into one. Best of all, it’s all free
You can also visit the James J. Hill House while you are in the area, but sadly touring this mansion is not free.
The Riverview Theater is a budget movie theater that has a lot to offer. This South Minneapolis theater offers $2-3 adult movie tickets to see second run movies. Riverview also has amazing popcorn and also charges a reasonable amount for their concessions! Imagine that! This theater isn’t as run down and sticky as the old Roseville 4 so give it a try, you’ll have a great time.
3800 42nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Showtime Info: 612-729-7369 or click here
I’ve been to art museums around the world and still the Minneapolis Institute of Arts holds a special place in my heart. Their collection is vast and diverse. You can easily spend days exploring this museum. Best of all, it’s free to visit every day of the week!
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404