The 30 hottest Minneapolis murals

(Photos by Mark Allan Peterson) A mural at 515 1st Ave.

We often forget just how colorful the Twin Cities get when summer rolls in. Most of the time, our sister cities are blanketed in snow under gray, overcast sky. But underneath all the dreariness, lies hundreds of brilliantly painted murals.

Photographer Mark Allan Peterson has taken it upon himself to document every outdoor mural in Minneapolis, and so far he’s shot over 550. That’s a lot of murals to sift through, so we’ve done the leg-work and picked out some favorites.

Here’s 30 of the hottest outdoor Minneapolis murals.


 

East Lake Street

(419 East Lake St.)

East Lake St. houses some of the most supportive and vibrant communities in Minneapolis. It's also home to some of the city's coolest looking murals, like this wonderfully pink mural on 419 East Lake St. that transports us to a place made of cotton candy.

(207 East Lake St.)

(211 East Lake St.)

The bike is unfortunately not part of the mural.

(323 East Lake St.)

(1600 East Lake St.)


 

West Broadway

(328 West Broadway Ave.)

Community leaders in North Minneapolis have made some really fantastic pushes to bring more artwork to their streets, including refurbishing storefronts and adding more murals painted by local Northsiders. Truly some of the most beautiful murals in the city are on the northside.

(1102 West Broadway Ave.)

A creative use of windows.

(1108 West Broadway Ave.)

(1808 Emerson Ave. N)


 

Nordeast

(311 13th Ave. NE)

Over the last couple decades, Northeast Minneapolis has built a reputation as one of the leading areas for the arts in the entire state of Minnesota, so it comes as no surprise that the murals there are as diverse as they are captivating.

(311 13th Ave. NE)

This particular mural is no longer there since the 331 painted over it. But as long as there's documentation, the mural lives on.

(339 13th Ave. NE)

(1029 University Ave. NE)

It's clear who's doing most of the paddling.

(400 Lowry Ave. NE)

(1528 Marshall St. NE)


 

Southeast, south, and beyond

(501 Cedar Ave.)

So many murals, so much awesome. Minneapolis has so many paint-splattered buildings that it's hard to categorize them all by region. Sometimes, you just have to enjoy them as a whole.

(116 East 26th St.)

(227 East 26th St.)

(15th Ave. SE)

(50 Bedford St. SE)

Faded, but cool.

(107 West 28th St.)

Amazing.

(418 13th Ave. SE)

(1101 3rd St. S)

(1312 East Franklin Ave.)

(2501 Chicago Ave. S)

(2801 Nicollet Ave. S)

(3019 Minnehaha Ave.)

(2501 Lyndale Ave. S)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, anyone? That would be the disembodied brain villain Krang.

(3007 Lyndale Ave. S)

(3209 Snelling Ave. S)

God bless America.

Editor's note: We don't know most of the artists who have done these murals, but that doesn't mean we don't want to know. If you recognize any murals and know who painted them, please tell us in the comment section below!


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  • I've learned there is a lot of public art in the Corcoran Neighborhood. This mural was completed in July 2011 by artist, Elise Kyllo. - by René V. Rosengren on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:21pm
  • 339 13th Ave. NE (331 back lot), 1029 University Ave. NE, 311 13th Ave. NE, 501 Cedar Ave. (The Nomad), 400 Lowry ( The Hive Salon), are all Broken Crow. They're from here and have stuff elsewhere in the city including the running cheetahs between the Cedar and Franklin ave lightrail stop. The mural on 1528 Marshall St. NE has some contrib from Ethan E Heidlebaugh I believe... the green octopus. He also did the one on the fish market on Central north of University. - by Blaine Garrett on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:12pm
  • I have given artist attribution, wherever possible, on my Flickr site, for the individual murals. - by Mark Peterson on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:27pm
  • Aaron Kupcho painted the face mural on 1102 West Broadway. Recognize any other murals on the list? Let us know and reach out! Or just post it right here in the comments. - by Kristoffer Tigue on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:44am
  • Thank you for this collection! - by Judy McCarthy Sell on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:33am
  • Nice one, Kristoffer Tigue! - by Jay Gabler on Sun, 07/27/2014 - 11:58am
  • This is such a cool idea. It is fun to recognize the murals I regularly see in and around my neighborhood. - by Kathryn Tolo on Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:12am
  • I would love to see a few Greta McLain murals in there. Check out Green Central School on 35th and 3rd or Bloomington Avenue just north of Lake street. She's totally the bomb. Happy to help id some of these if that's useful to you! Kirstin@ForecastPublicArt.org - by Kirstin Wiegmann on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:44pm
  • I would love to see the Minneapolis copy this great idea from our sister city (in name only) Indianapolis, if not for the Super Bowl then just for the hell of it. http://www.indyarts.org/public-art/currentprojects/item/46-for-xlvi-a-murals-program-for-the-city-of-indianapolis - by Jay MW on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:28pm
  • They redid the one on Bedford! It's so much cooler now! I work right by it at Cupcake. You've gotta check it out! - by Mari Marks on Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:21am

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TC Murals

Hereby SECOND THE MOTION of Leif Rafngard, that TCDP follow-up on this important documentation of our urban environs, by making every effort to establish and credit the artists of each of these works, given that it may be difficult particularly for those that are faded or painted over. But we know this is the kind of thing that you guys do so well for our community.

Mural artist names

Hi, Great collection of murals.  The one at the viaduct on 15th Avenue SE was designed by Sara Udvig and Carly Schmidt.  Sara organized much of the painting work after Carly had to move away.  There's another cheerful mural on Wally's Grocery at Como Avenue and 16th Avenue SE.