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Plains Art Museum, Fargo

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The Plains Art Museum is a fine arts museum located in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, United States.
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.
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  • 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 »
  • A gem in a beautifully recovered space, thought provoking visual art by regional artists. Based in the geography and culture of the region. Was the primary reason for our trip and definitely worth it. 
    A gem in a beautifully recovered space, thought provoking visual art by regional artists. Based in the geography and culture of the region. Was the primary reason for our trip and definitely worth it.  more »
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  • Pleasantly surprised by this museum. Attended the local artist show, which features some amazing art. Bought some great pieces as well! We will be back to visit!
  • Wedding venue review- we had our wedding here and 10/10 would recommend! The staff was great to work with and awesome at communicating and answering all of my questions. The venue itself is gorgeous and we only had to put some decorations on the tables, no draping of ugly wall or covering things up. I wasn't sure how having the 3 levels would work out, but we had our cocktail hour on the first floor, dinner on the third, and back to the first floor for the dance! It worked out really well to have the 3 floors, as we could start taking down decorations after dinner was over! The staff even helped take down a lot of decorations, which made cleaning up at the end of the night a breeze! We also were able to decorate the day before, which was super helpful! The location was great, right in down town, with lots of other bars and restaurants near by that guests went to after the wedding was over.

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