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The Plains Art Museum is a fine arts museum located in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, United States.Our Fargo driving holiday planner makes visiting Plains Art Museum and other Fargo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
The history of the museum dates back to 1965 when the "Red River Art Center" opened in the former Moorhead, Minnesota, post office. The name of the museum was changed when it was incorporated with the Rourke Art Gallery to form the "Plains Art Museum" in 1975. After a 1987 schism resulting the departure of founding director James O'Rourke, the Plains Art Museum and the Rourke Art Museum and Gallery became separate institutions. The Museum remained in the downtown Moorhead location until 1996. In October 1997, the Museum relocated to a renovated turn-of-the-century International Harvester warehouse in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. The American Alliance of Museums granted accreditation to Plains Art Museum in 2003. This made the Plains Art Museum one of two museums in North Dakota which has received this distinction.
The Plains Art Museum acquired the old International Harvester warehouse building in 1994. The architecture firm of Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc. of Minneapolis, also behind the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota History Center, composed a design incorporating both old and new styles.
Plains Art Museum reviews
My Wife and I saw many really cool pieces of art here as you can imagine. The museum is in an awesome re purposed building. The staff was friendly and helpful.
My Wife and I saw many really cool pieces of art here as you can imagine. The museum is in an awesome re purposed building. The staff was friendly and helpful. more »
A wonderful wide selection of art covering different styles and formats. A fun find in Fargo. Covers several floors through adjacent buildings, perfect for exploring and finding surprising art...
A wonderful wide selection of art covering different styles and formats. A fun find in Fargo. Covers several floors through adjacent buildings, perfect for exploring and finding surprising art... more »
We decided to adventure around town last year and checked out the Plains Art Museum. I loved the exhibits in this museum and found a big art piece of a can really cool including the contents. I loved the older post cards too. We loved the building and the cute gift shop too! Hoping to get back here on one of our visits. :)
I was presently surprised by this museum. My expectations were low, but they had a nice variety of art work and it was larger than I expected. The galleries were well put together and easy to view all exhibits. It’s definitely worth a stop.
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