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Discover the Artistic Charms of Lanesboro, MN: A Must-Visit Arts Destination

Are you searching for a unique and enriching travel experience? Look no further than Lanesboro, Minnesota, a hidden gem nestled in the picturesque Bluff Country of southeastern Minnesota. Renowned for its vibrant arts scene and historic charm, Lanesboro offers visitors a plethora of artistic delights to explore and enjoy. 

Community river paint project
Community River Paint Project. Photo courtesty of Lanesboro Arts

Welcome to Lanesboro, where every street, park, and storefront is alive with creativity.

Here, art isn't confined to galleries—it's integrated into the fabric of the community. Seriously-layered and memorable arts experiences are integrated intentionally by Lanesboro Arts to enhance and connect existing assets, like the river, the pristine natural scenery, our history and downtown. From vibrant murals to whimsical sculptures, the entire town is a canvas for artistic expression. Explore Lanesboro's living arts campus and discover the magic of creativity in every corner.

A patron admiring artwork at Lanesboro Arts Gallery
A patron admiring artwork at Lanesboro Arts Gallery. Photo courtesy of Lanesboro Arts.

Immerse yourself in the creative spirit of Lanesboro by visiting the Lanesboro Arts’ Exhibition and Sales Galleries.

The Lanesboro Arts gallery spaces showcase the work of local and regional artists, offering a diverse selection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more. With items fit for any budget you can find a piece that fits your family. Plus, with the opportunity to purchase unique handmade crafts at Paddle On Makers Emporium, you can take home a piece of Lanesboro's artistic heritage.

Historic downtown Lanesboro
Historic downtown Lanesboro.

Leisurely strolling through historic Lanesboro is always a treat for the beauty of its architectural treasure.

From the historic downtown district and its charming storefronts where you can shop, dine and more. To Brooklyn, our neighborhood borough with  elegant Victorian homes, the town's rich history is reflected in its well-preserved buildings. Many of these historic homes have been lovingly restored and converted into cozy bed and breakfasts, offering travelers a chance to experience Lanesboro's hospitality firsthand. Stop by our amazing history museum to see and hear the stories of our past firsthand.

Outside of Commonweal Theatre
Outside of Commonweal Theatre. Photo courtesy of Commonweal Theatre.

Treat yourself to two different performances in one weekend at the Commonweal Theatre.

The Commonweal Theatre operates in Rep, which is a theatre model that is losing favor due to the expense and difficulty.  However, thanks to Commonweal Theatres’ Artist/Administrator model allows them to do the impossible (which is pretty much what we do here in Lanesboro). The talented ensemble of actors rock a diverse repertoire of plays, rotating over the weekend, so you can see one show on Friday night and a completely different show on Saturday.  With the core ensemble and the regional talent the Commonweal is able to recruit, you are guaranteed to see two spectacular performances.

Sculptor Karl Unnasch opens a sand-block mold to unveil a Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro medallion.
Sculptor Karl Unnasch opens a sand-block mold to unveil a Discover Sculpture Explore Lanesboro medallion. Photo courtesy of Lanesboro Arts.

Embark on a journey of artistic discovery with the Discover Sculpture Medallion Tour.

Explore the town of Lanesboro and uncover hidden treasures as you seek out 20 iron medallions scattered throughout the streets on the Discover Sculpture Walking Tour. Each medallion tells a unique story about the history, culture, and heritage of Lanesboro, offering a fascinating glimpse into the town's past and present.

Lanesboro Arts staff, board, and artists.
Lanesboro Arts staff, board, and artists. Photo courtesy of Lanesboro arts.

Lanesboro is a vibrant and dynamic arts destination that offers something for everyone.

Whether you're drawn to the visual arts, theater, architecture, or outdoor sculpture, you'll find endless opportunities to indulge your creative spirit and immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this charming Midwestern town. So why wait? Plan your visit to Lanesboro today and experience the magic of Bluff Country's arts scene for yourself!