An exhibit of love at the Minneapolis Institute of "Hearts"

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts transformed into the Minneapolis Institute of "Hearts" on Valentine's Day.

Lovestruck admirers who came the museum on Valentine's Day received a red paper heart to place in front of their favorite masterpiece.

Some visitors shared the valentine on Twitter (#MIAhearts) or remained a secret admirer.

"My beautiful lady, you are my favorite work of art in this building," read Katie Hill, examining a Valentine posted a woman on an impressionist painting.

"It's a romantic place, a quiet place, a date night option for sure," said Hill, who directs audience engagement at MIA.

Amelia Hartzberg and Ben Nickolay spent the afternoon looking for their favorite work of art on their first Valentine's Day together as a couple.

"It's going to be hard to able to pick which one I like the best, but apparently he thinks I am the best work of art here," she said to her boyfriend.

Second graders from Kenny School in Minneapolis picked Picasso's baboon as their favorite piece.

Nancy Hanson, of Plymouth, fell for Cezanne, but said her husband of 34 years certainly made an impression long ago.

"It's something fun to do on Valentine's Day, besides eat, although we did eat here," she said with a giggle.

The MIA is open late on Thursdays, so you still have time to swoon with your date or search for your Valentine. The museum closes at 9pm.

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