The yearly trip to HITEC - the world’s largest hospitality technology show - this year brought me to Minneapolis, MN, in the United States.
Since I’m always up for exploring a new place, I couldn’t resist to stay an extra day to make the 26h trip from Dubai a little more worthwhile - and it definitely was!
Minneapolis has a rich history as the milling capital of the US, owing to the Mississippi River running through the city, and is home to a few interesting sights.
As I only had a few hours, I didn’t take my camera along, so all the photos here are shot on iPhone XS.
One of Minnesota’s most famous sons has his own mural in Minneapolis. It was commissioned by the buildings owner, and cost $50,000.
Minneapolis has very cold winters - luckily, June is more pleasant.
The city owes a lot of its development to the Mississippi river.
Mill City Museum
The museum pays homage to the milling history of the city, which was a major driver for its economic development.
In 1878, a spark ignited airborne flour dust within the mill, creating a huge explosion that demolished a big part of the building and killed 18 workers instantly.
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
The Frank Gehry-designed building is located just on the river cliffs in the University district.
Crossing the River
Walking over the Stone Arch bridge, which originally opened in 1883.
The mill was rebuilt in 1880 as the largest in the world at the time, and ran until the 1960s. A fire gutted it in 1991, after which it was turned into a museum.
Minneapolis developed around Saint Anthony Falls, the highest waterfall on the Mississippi River and a source of power for its early industry.
A view over the newly rebuilt mill district on the banks of the river, still showing the tunnels leading the water to the underground hydrpower generators.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
The 1897 church is one of many in the city.
Minneapolis is home to a few interesting skyscrapers.
The studio is located outside the city in an inconspicious building.
The entrance features copies of the recordings that were created in the studio, and even a poster of the movie "A Quiet Place", as the Anechoic Chamber was used to promote the release.
An impressive demo of the lab's directional microphone that allows to pinpoint the source and frequency of sound generated in the room.
The lab provides all types of acoustic services, from product design and testing to building material selection and more.
Tracks like Funky Town were recorded in this studio. Prince and Bob Dylan made records here as well.
One of the lab's reverb rooms, with the metal plates acting as diffusors.
The Quietest Place on Earth
Until 2015, the Anechoic Chamber in the lab held the guiness world record for the quietest place on earth. I was able to spend 20min in side in total darkness and silence, and it's a humbling experience.
Man of Wisdom
Mike is one of the labs consultants and has worked there for 20 years, accummulating incredible knowledge.