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Plains Art Museum

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Address: 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Phone Number: 701.551.6100
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, regional fine arts museum located in...

Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, regional fine arts museum located in downtown Fargo, N.D. and accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 5 pm, until 9 pm on Thurs

Sat, 10 am - 5 pm

The Store Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am - 5 pm, until 9 pm on Thurs

The Blue Goose Cafe: Mon-Fr, 10 am - 2 pm

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When I come here, I know I can linger and really get up close and personal with the art (no touching) The Picasso / Transformers exhibit currently is really special. Always... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
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minneapolis, mn
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You will be blown away by the collection of contemporary art, mostly by Plains artists, and the way it is displayed. The Museum also has activities, and we were fortunate to visit on a free Saturday with children's art classes. This is a gem.

Thank rovinglawyer
Fargo, North Dakota
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Located in downtown Fargo, the PAM is a cheap, easy, and quick way to spend a few hours. They participate in the Free Museum Thursday program so if you can schedule a visit on a third Thursday of a month, you'll be in for free! Their gala (usually in May) is well worth the cash you'll pay to go.

Thank Farfisa J
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107 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

When I come here, I know I can linger and really get up close and personal with the art (no touching) The Picasso / Transformers exhibit currently is really special. Always surprised, always ready to return. Perfect for Fargo.

1 Thank JulietteND
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

I was very impressed with this museum. It is housed downtown in a converted brick factory building and their use of space is enviable. They have been running a themed collection centering on the oil boom--it was creative, inciteful and gutsy. Not what one might expect with ND trying to become the new oil capital. Anyone who thinks Fargo is... More 

1 Thank Street D
San Diego, California, USA
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177 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

We expected more mixed art than is here. If you like modern art, this is the place for you. We like some modern art but we were expecting some works of art that featured the plains and were perhaps from the late 19th or early 20th century--alas, not here. They do a very good job of explaining the art.

Thank Virginia F
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great facility with very interesting and creative exhibits. We watched "The Oil Project" performed the third floor. Very creative!

Thank Paul S
Dallas, Texas
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124 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a very nice museum for as small a city as Fargo is. Excellent exhibit of some of the best pieces in their collection on the 1st floor when I visited. A very thought-provoking exhibit on floors 2 and 3 of the gas/oil boom in the area from artists' points-of-view. Peaceful museum for reflection.

Thank FemaleTraveler85
Nacogdoches, Texas
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is a nice museum for this size of city. I was surprised to see two artists I recognized represented in the collection. There is a nice variety in the permanent collection. Won't take more than a hour to see it all (in my opinion). Professionally maintained.

Thank frj94
Akron, Ohio
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I spent only less than an hour here but it was well worth my time. The visiting special exhibit was intriguing, as was the local socio-political art piece on the oil fracking (I'm an out of state visitor, so getting to see a bit of current controversy was enlightening). Thursdays are free and I was glad to be able to... More 

Thank Allison B
Moorhead, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We enjoyed the Bakken and Julie Buffalohead exhibits. I love the Plains Art building, with all of the wood floors, etc. I would not recommend spending money at the Blue Goose Café though. It was not impressive. I ate at the Blue Goose today for the first time, on my birthday, with my mom and son. They do not have... More 

Thank JennLisaR
Amy R, Public Relations Manager at Plains Art Museum, responded to this review

I’m glad you enjoyed the exhibitions and hope you will give the small, gourmet cafe located in the Museum another chance! The food is made by a talented and experienced chef who genuinely cares about customer experience. He welcomes your input, and invites you to contact him, which you can do by sending a message to museum@plainsart.org with “Blue Goose... More 

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