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Minnesota Center for Book Arts

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Address: 1011 Washington Ave South, Suite 100, at Open Book, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1279
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+1 612-338-3634
09:30 - 21:30
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 09:30 - 18:30
Tue 09:30 - 21:30
Wed - Sat 09:30 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is...

MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is achieved through quality programs that support a broad continuum of creators, learners and admirers. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honouring artistic excellence. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.

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Amazing Place

We went into the building for coffee and found so much more!the place is amazing. What they've done architecturally and how they structure the space for making books, holding... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Tiffani N
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went into the building for coffee and found so much more!the place is amazing. What they've done architecturally and how they structure the space for making books, holding workshops, writers cubes, etc. Definitely a model for the rest of the country

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Mankato, Minnesota
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, I drove 2 hours to get to Book Arts only to find that every, single, parking space in the lot is taken. I wait over an hour and not one opens. It's madness. My guess is the locals are parking there versus on the street. I ended up leaving and going to Minneapolis Institute of Art where parking is... More 

Thank savedade
St. Paul MN
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My 12-year-old loves books and art. I'd been wondering for a while whether this place would have fun things for her to see and learn. There aren't any classes for her age range listed on the website - they are mostly for adults, with a few for 15-18 and a few for families with smaller children. I couldn't tell from... More 

Thank Jenwestpfahl
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

I was here about a year ago to see 10,000 Things Theater perform Dear World. It was fabulous. Dedicated to the book arts (I've been here for workshops and field trips as well), it's an amazing place.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

My partner had work. I had questions. I've long been fascinated by ways that communities prioritize uses for spaces to make art, to gather, to work together. MCBA was bright, welcoming, gorgeous. Eric Gjerde's _Specimen_ and Aki Shibata's _Dear You_ gave me lots to think about.

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El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

What a treat! Take the kids and find out how books used to be made and how beautiful books are still produced. There is workshop and exhibition space, a nice book store, coffee shop and a performance area in a beautiful old building. MCBA offers courses for adults and children. I wish I could have stayed longer. This is truly... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

If you are an artist, don't miss this place. Great book arts gallery and gift shop. Very nice cafe, too. The building itself is simply fabulous! Creative redo of an old brick factory.

1 Thank Jane L
Bozeman, Montana
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

This non- profit is one of three businesses in a beautiful restored building near the Guthrie Theater. It is easy to get to by bus transit or there is an adjacent parking lot. Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a place for patrons of art in books to learn how to create and explore their own art. There are classes... More 

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

While focused on book arts and well-known to traditional to avant garde book arts practitioners and collectors, MCBA is an excellent attraction for visitors of all ages. One of only three book arts centers in the country, its gallery and window exhibits show a range and variety of printing processes and crafts, book and neo-book and anti-book expressions, and unusual... More 

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Edina, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

On a blustery day in January, I had the best time with friends when we met up at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The expert in bookmaking shared an abundance of diverse papers and demonstrated the quality and capabilities of each to fold into books popping out all kinds of surprises! After an intense hands on experience a few... More 

1 Thank Dawn L

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