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Plains Art Museum

704 1st Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102
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Ranked #10 of 30 Attractions in Fargo
Type: Art Museums
Description: Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, regional fine arts museum located in downtown Fargo, N.D. and accredited by the American Association of Museums.
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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453 reviews 453 reviews
5 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This museum has been at this location for decades. It specializes in special exhibits featuring regional artists. The art on the special exhibits are usually for sale. It is a great way to acquire regional art of high quality. It also has a good inventory of regional art if you ask to see the items available for sale. The folks... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A pretty building that fits right into the plains showcases wonderful art. From local pieces to interesting rotating exhibits, a visit here is a good idea. The cafe is average food but convenient and nice atmosphere. Cute gift shop. Fun to see loads of kids creating in the newly built artspace hooked to the original museum via a second story... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
45 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here—the permanent exhibits were wonderful, with some truly excellent paintings and sculptures. The rotating exhibit when we visited was of Sandra Menefee Taylor's work, which we loved. The building is a lovely repurposed space. We're glad we found it.

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Moorhead, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Rotating art installations in a cool building with lots of exposed brick in downtown Fargo. A local institution.

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70 reviews 70 reviews
10 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised at our recent visit to the Plains Art Museum. Fargo has a small but vibrant "counter-culture" and this museum helps fill the gap between the art community and the otherwise ordinary crowd. The museum has a small but interesting permanent collection of mostly modern local pieces and temporary shows of Midwest artists. It will not require... More

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Fargo, North Dakota
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This former International Harvester warehouse now houses a surprisingly good regional art collection. When we visited there were two exhibits that really got us excited. One consisted of selections from the permanent collection which nicely mixes pieces with well known artists (Warhol, Scholder, Frankenthaler) and local artists (Pullen, Star Wallowing Bull). It was fun to see some our favorites as... More

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Fremont, California
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816 attraction reviews
862 helpful votes 862 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We stopped here to see the art while in Fargo. There were several interesting art pieces to see. Unfortunately our timing was off as they were changing over the rotating art galleries to new exhibits. Still an enjoyable stop and free parking nearby. Staff was very helpful in telling us what we could see given; their advise was very helpful.... More

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Park City, Utah
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156 reviews 156 reviews
49 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This museum is in a neat building and has nicely presented exhibits. However, I felt like there wasn't tons of content, and two of the exhibits were by the same artist and thus extremely repetitive. I appreciate that there was a lot of local art, but I wanted to see more about the area's history through art.

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Los Angeles, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
66 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

this is a very nice museum with local artists exhibited. The museum is small but actually a lot of art is displayed and it gives one a good education about life on the plains, past and present. There is also a terrific gift shop. Don't forget to buy your "I've been to Fargo" T-shirt here because I haven't seen it... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Both the permanent collection, which contains work by both internationally known and local artists, and the temporary exhibit, are enjoyable. The temp. exhibit of work by George Morrison is very extensive and impressive. The museum features a nice cafe with a pleasant staff and good lunch food as well as easy parking, great location downtown.

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