Foshay Tower
Foshay Tower
4.5
Speciality MuseumsPoints of Interest & LandmarksArchitectural Buildings
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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After recent renovation, our museum and observation deck are now open seven days a week from 12:00pm-9:00pm. Weather permitting, both will be open year round.
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Seazon
Duluth, MN14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Seeing the city from the observation deck was fun but I don’t think it’s necessarily worth the $15 tickets. The “museum” is very small, more of a display to browse before you walk up the steps to the observation deck. I’d recommend this to those who have never visited a city with skyscrapers before since it does offer a nice view, which I’m sure looks even better at night.
Written 25 March 2024
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Mdurling53
Lena, IL9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Checked on Google to locate this site and hours of operation. They were not open as the website indicated. Very very disappointed.
Written 29 August 2023
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freespiritmn
Minneapolis, MN63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We went into the elevator and pressed the button for the 30th floor. Nothing happened. So, we went to the registration counter of the W Hotel. The staff person told us that the observation deck was not open due to repairs and they did not know when or if it would open again. However, their website indicates that the observation deck IS open - so this was a major disappointment having driven over 45 miles to walk on the observation deck.

We were told that the museum was open, and that we could go with the other people on the elevator who also were headed to the museum. By the time we got there, the elevator doors had closed. So, we waited for the next one.

So, we tried pressing the button again for the 30th floor. Nothing happened. We went back to the registration desk and the staff person gave us the plastic card we needed to access the floor. Why he didn't give it to us initially is beyond me.

At any rate, we went up to the 30th floor and were shocked that when the elevator doors opened that it was completely dark and had no lighting. The people who had gone on the elevator before us said that they wanted to go back down because it was too dark and scary.

We wanted to at least see something about the Foshay Tower, so we each used our cell phone flashlights to see the displays. The staff at the W did not mention that there was no lighting or light switches that we (nor could the previous guests) could find.

The displays had interesting information that we didn't know about those involved with the construction of it or the court proceedings. It would have been substantially better had the lights been on so we could adequately see and read the displays.
Written 1 July 2023
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Brandon
Pittsburgh, PA475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This was a surprise bonus we found in the city. Just to clear up some confusion, the easiest way to get tickets is to go into The W hotel and ask the front desk. None of the online sites work. Once you get up to the top, there is a little memorabilia room that gives the history of the hotel. Then you go out to the deck. It's a great view and the telescopes on each corner work surprisingly well. A quick trip to see just how beautiful the city is.
Written 30 May 2023
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cenzt
Iowa5,831 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Good trip. We arrived at approximately 12:30 pm and made our way inside the hotel to buy our tickets. Parking was a bit tricky to come by, and we had to park a block away on the street because their wasn’t anything closer. We made our way inside the building, bought our tickets and received a special key card that took us to the observation deck. There was a small room at the top of the tower, that contained numerous pictures and old newspaper articles relating to the tower. The observation tower consisted of 360 degree views of downtown Minneapolis, with several binoculars in the corners of the tower.

Tip: I recommend spending 15 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
Written 25 December 2022
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Richard G
West Norriton, Pennsylvania, United States7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
The building shown in this photo is not Foshay Tower. It is Capella Tower which is taller than the Foshay Tower. Foshay Tower was built around 1930 while Capella Tower was built in 1992. You can tell by the style of architecture between those two eras. Capella Tower is one of three tallest skyscrapers in Minneapolis. The other two are the Wells Fargo Tower and the IDS Center, very heady companions within a few feet height among the three towers.
Written 15 November 2022
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Shai M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The foshay was something quick to do while we was in the area, it was a nice experience to learn about the history and gave a beautiful view
Written 1 October 2022
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RagsKP94
State College, PA747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Business
I stayed at the W hotel which is housed in Foshay Tower. It is shaped intentionally like the Washington Monument. There is a museum and observation deck on the top floor. Views are beautiful.
Written 30 June 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,335 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Foshay Tower, now the W Minneapolis – The Foshay hotel, is a skyscraper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Modeled after the Washington Monument, the building was completed in 1929, months before the stock market crash in October of that year. It has 32 floors and stands 447 feet (136 m) high, and up until 1972 it was the tallest building in Minneapolis. With the antenna mast the total height is 185m. The tower gets its name from Foshay Tower art student turned businessman Wilbur Foshay.
It costs US$10 to go up to the observation deck and small museum at the top of Foshay Tower. On a clear day you get good 360' views of Minneapolis and the museum has some interesting artifacts about the history of the Tower and Wilbur Foshay's journey. The elevators are cool art deco and the 'W' lobby is also rather plush.
Written 5 May 2022
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DepartingDuo
Milwaukee, WI55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
$10 to ride up. Worth it. Small museum up top and great outdoor views of the city. Visited on gorgeous October morning and it was not busy. The W staff are super.
Written 23 October 2021
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