Roadside Gem: Franconia Sculpture Park

Exploring the Franconia Sculpture Park

The Franconia Sculpture Park is an outdoor sculpture park in Shafer, Minnesota.

The Franconia Sculpture Park is a roadside gem in Schafer, Minnesota where Highway 8 and Highway 95 meet.

The eye-catching attraction is an outdoor museum that spreads across 50 acres.

It’s been open for 25 years and sees about 100,000 visitors each year.

Executive Director Ginger Porcella explains, “We feature the work of contemporary artists, working not only in sculpture but in performance, social practice, video work. It’s a space for artists to create new experimental work.”

The museum is a non profit. And with free entrance, they exist on donations.

Photojournalist Bill Middeke of Minnesota Live takes us there.