Walking past the Soap Factory, you would never guess that one of the most important art galleries in Minneapolis is just a few feet away. There is a darkness to the building that is eerie and a nearby loading dock that has an abandoned feeling almost always catches visitors off-guard. This is all due to the fact that the gallery is located in the old National Soap Purity Company; a 48,000 square foot factory that was built back in 1884. But the Soap Factory is one of the most interesting and forward-thinking spots in the city. Year round, it acts as a teaching tool as well as an experience-based gallery, where people can directly interact with subjects through visual arts. Showcasing sculpture, paintings, installation and also performance and video, the gallery gives artists a chance to utilize the space in whatever form or shape, ultimately presenting a raw and authentic version of the art. Whatever exhibit is on display, it always feels authentic—not just about the the artist as a creative, but also the artist as a person. This is because the gallery works from the basis of promoting the artists by having the community rally around them. Not to be missed, the Haunted Basement is a crowd favorite; a yearly exhibition during Halloween designed by an artist and used to both terrify and amuse patrons.