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Minnesota Museum of American Art

St. Paul, Minnesota



The Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded as the St. Paul School of Fine Arts in 1894 and formally incorporated in 1927. In 1969, it was renamed the Minnesota Museum of Art and became a leading presence on the Twin Cities art scene through its nationally regarded exhibitions and educational activities. In 1992, it added "American" to its name to reflect an increasing focus on national and regional art (50 percent of its collection is now by local artists). In 2009, its building owners asked the museum to vacate due to proposed redevelopment of the building, leaving the city's only art museum without a permanent home.

The museum, in partnership with the City of St. Paul will plan and design a new permanent space in the Pioneer-Endicott Building in the culturally vibrant Lowertown district of St. Paul. Project activities include community engagement workshops to inform the design, architectural pre-design, planning, and schematic design drawings. Development of the Pioneer-Endicott Building, located along the city's new light rail route, will foster a more vibrant streetscape, activating 45,000 square feet of vacant space, and serving the 281,000 residents of St. Paul.