Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND

By Kevin Litwin on April 29, 2015 at 3:31 am EST
Plains Art Museum Building in Fargo, ND.

PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti

With 12 special exhibitions along with smaller exhibitions each year, The Plains Art Museum is Fargo's home for art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The nonprofit museum has an extensive permanent collection, with more than 3,000 works on display and in storage. Most of the works are in the categories of national and regional contemporary art, traditional American Indian art, and traditional folk art.

The museum’s roots date back to 1965 when it was originally known as Red River Art Center and was headquartered in a former Moorhead post office. It acquired its present name in 1975 and stayed in Moorhead until 1996, then moved into a spacious former International Harvester warehouse in downtown Fargo.

Today’s museum is home to a Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio, The Dawson Studio, Café Muse, The Store, Goldberg Resource Library, meeting and reception space, a frame shop, wood shop, visitors center, 2 1/2-story projection wall and performance areas. Classes, lectures and social events also complement the exhibition schedule.

Plains Art Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums – the only art museum in North Dakota to hold such a distinction. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, with extended evening hours on Thursdays. Visit for more information.

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