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Franconia Sculpture Park

29815 Unity Ave., Shafer, Minnesota 55074 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 6a-8p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“Outdoor Sculpture Garden and Workspace”

There's a park in Minnesota that takes the cake when it comes to offbeat installations: Franconia Sculpture Park. Ever wanted to see two cars doin' it? A cabin floating in mid-air? How about the massive severed heads of giants? You can see all these things and more at the Franconia Sculpture Park, the weirdest art in the country. Founded in 1996 by John Hock and a small collective of artists, Franconia was designed to be a much needed outlet for emerging artists who needed "physical space, technical assistance, and funding they needed to create and exhibit new work." Today the park has grown to 20-acres and houses a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures, many of which are completely bizarre.  Take, for insance, a sculpture titled Landing of Eros which depicts two cars doing the nasty, a gigantic lizard that serves as the park's concession stand, or a piece that looks kind of like a gigantic charcoal grill filled with potatoes. According to the park, many of the sculptures are created to intentionally shock the folks driving along the nearby highway. During the months of April through November, visitors can come and actually watch artists as they create these new pieces, and in some cases, even help. Not only is the entrance to Franconia Sculpture Park free, but the park also offers numerous special programs and events held in the park like concerts, tours, and art workshops events spaced throughout the year that include a concert series, artist-led tours, specific programs for at-risk youth and more. -Roadtrippers Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative community arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and established artists. A lively schedule of programs and events for art lovers of all ages includes 3D Concert Series, Kids Make Sculpture Workshops, Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour, artist-led tours , the Fall Annual Art & Artists Celebration, and specific programs for at-risk youth. The 20-acre park, with a rotating collection of over 95 contemporary sculptures, reflects the creative talents of local, national, and international artists and is free and open to the public 365 days a year, dawn to dusk. Franconia Sculpture Park is located 45 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities at the intersection of Hwy 8 (Lake Blvd) and Hwy 95 (St. Croix trail) in Chisago County, Franconia, Minnesota.

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Reviewed by
whitneymiller

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

This place was an awesome gathering of sculptures from around the U.S. We loved it!

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Reviewed by
czevski

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is an amazing place! You'll see something new each time you visit.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
BikinJones

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 30, 2017
Rated 4.0

Unexpected stop with quirky sculptures. It was an awesome wayside park that takes your mind to a new place. Worth the break in reality.

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stacyfarrar

  • 2 Reviews
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July 24, 2017
Rated 5.0

Worth the stop, stretch your legs, walk the park - unique and interesting works on display!

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Franconia Sculpture Park

29815 Unity Ave.
Shafer, Minnesota
55074 USA

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Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Free Parking
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