Minnesota Museum of American Art

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Minnesota Museum of American Art
Former nameMMAA MMAA Project Space
Location350 Robert Street North St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
Typeart museum
DirectorKristin Makholm

The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA), founded as the St. Paul School of Fine Arts in 1894, is an American art museum with offices in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[1]


After incorporating as the Saint Paul School of Art in 1926, the institution began collecting art in 1940 after receiving a collection of Chinese jade art pieces in a bequest. From the 1950s on, it operated under the name Saint Paul Gallery and School of Art and later the Saint Paul Art Center. It was renamed the Minnesota Museum of Art in 1969 and renamed the Minnesota Museum of American Art in 1992.

In 2009, MMAA galleries closed after losing its gallery space in the Ramsey County Government Center to redevelopment, though they maintained offices and traveling exhibitions.[2] Most of the works were put in storage. In 2012, MMAA announced they would reopen for limited hours in the Pioneer Building in Lowertown in October of that year.[3] In December 2018[4][5], the museum opened an expanded permanent facility designed by Minneapolis-based architects VJAA in the Pioneer Endicott building complex.[6] [7] [8][9]Further expansion, including a new wing for the museum's permanent collection galleries, is scheduled to open in 2020.[10]

The museum has been housed in a variety of St. Paul locations throughout its history, including the Jemne Building, Landmark Center, and through January 2009, the West Publishing Company on Kellogg Boulevard.


  1. ^ Staff report (October 28, 1894). Current news of the fine arts. The New York Times
  2. ^ Roberts, Chris (November 21, 2008). MMAA in St. Paul to close indefinitely. MPR News
  3. ^ Combs, Marianne (June 15, 2012). MN Museum of American Art finds a home. MPR News
  4. ^ Nast, Condé. "The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  5. ^ "The M to open its new St. Paul home; Ode to Navarathri at the Walker". MinnPost. 2018-11-30. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  6. ^ "Bigger and better than ever, St. Paul's only art museum reopens". Twin Cities. 2018-12-01. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  7. ^ Grumdahl, Dara Moskowitz (2019-01-07). "How One Woman Brought the Minnesota Museum of American Art Back from the Brink". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  8. ^ Combs, Marianne. "'The M' emerges: St. Paul's only art museum reopens Sunday". www.mprnews.org. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  9. ^ "Welcome to the New, Old Minnesota Museum of American Art". www.minnesotamonthly.com. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. ^ "Once homeless, Minnesota museum is reborn in a historic St. Paul setting". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019-01-08.

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