Hearing loss in Minneapolis | Be part of the conversation

Contributed by | Wednesday, September 9th, 2015


Looking for diversity in your vacation? Consider a visit to Minneapolis, where you’ll find great dining, award-winning theater, sporting venues and a national park site that boats 72 miles of public riverfront. Here’s more good news: many of the attractions in Minneapolis offer services for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. We’ve listed just a few to get you started.

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hearing loss-friendly venues!

Art and culture

Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 3rd Ave. S.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404

View more than 80,000 works of sculpture, photography, painting, drawings and prints representing more than 4,000 years of world history at the MIA. Admission to the nonprofit, fine art museum is free of charge and open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and July 4.

Most videos for exhibits are closed-captioned. Assistive listening devices, including neck loops, are available free of charge from the Information Desk for tours and public programs in Pillsbury Auditorium.

Orchestra Hall

1111 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Enjoy a concert at Orchestra Hall, home of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and host to a variety of other musical guests, ranging from local talent to well-known artists such as Audra McDonald.

Williams Sound infrared hearing enhancement devices are available free of charge at Guest Services. American Sign Language interpretation is available for select performances featuring speakers and narrators with a two weeks’ advance notice.

Mill City Museum

704 S. 2nd St.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Visit the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill with a visit to the Mill City Museum.  The museum offers a lesson into the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river and the city of Minneapolis.

All videos, including the “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” film, are closed-captioned. Assisted listening devices are available free of charge for the Flour Tower multimedia show upon request from staff at the entrance to the exhibit. A written script is also available upon request. The Flour Tower show is equipped with an induction hearing loop. Sign language interpreters for the Flour Tower show and Observation Deck are available with a two weeks’ advanced notice.

Orpheum Theatre

910 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

Enjoy the antics of Ariel and her aquatic friends under the sea, watch as Cinderella falls in love with her Prince Charming and sing to the familiar tunes of Carole King when you attend a performance in the historic Orpheum Theater. Originally known as the Hennepin, the theatre opened in 1921 and seats 2,579. Its first performers included the Marx Brothers and quickly became known as the largest vaudeville house in the country, playing host to Jack Benny, George Burns and Fanny Brice.

ASL interpretation is available for all events with a two weeks’ advance notice, except for the regularly scheduled interpreted performance of each Broadway Season show. Open Captioning services are available for viewing in designated seating areas. Please contact the Box Office for more information.


Target Field

353 N. 5th St.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

If the Minnesota Twins are in town during your visit, consider taking in a game at Target Field, a baseball park located in downtown Minneapolis. If you’re not a baseball fan, you might enjoy attending one of the concerts, family events, fundraisers or galas which also schedule events at the venue. A complete schedule along with associated costs is available on their website.

State-of-the-art assisted listening devices are available free of charge for use during games from one of the Guest Services Centers located on the Main Concourse.

Quiet conversation restaurants

If you’re looking for a quiet place to have a good meal while you’re in town, consider a visit to one of these two restaurants, listed by Zagat.com patrons for their good food and quiet atmosphere.

La Belle Vie

510 Groveland Ave.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Patrons describe La Belle Vie in Loring Park “top of the heap” in fine dining. The restaurant earned the Twin Cities’ #1 score for service. Tip: for a more affordable menu and relaxed atmosphere, try dining in their lounge.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 S. 6th St.

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

For a downtown dining experience, try the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Patrons say this upscale restaurant serves fresh and innovative dishes in a bright space with subtle maritime theme.

Hearing organizations

Hearing Loss Association of America – Twin Cities Chapter

The HLAA’s mission statement is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, advocacy and support. Meetings for the Twin Cities Chapter are held on the third Saturday, September through May at the Courage Center.

Hearing healthcare professionals

The first step to improving your quality of life if you have hearing loss is by getting treatment! Find a hearing healthcare professional in Minneapolis by using our extensive directory! 

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