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Review of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota

Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND

The Plains Art Museum is just one of Fargo, North Dakota’s attractions, but it is a good one for those of you who appreciate a little art. It displays art from both local and non-local artists in three separate galleries, plus artwork done by the children from local schools. I visited the Plains Art Museum today.

Plains Art Museum Hours

I was there when the museum opened at 1:00 p.m. Sunday hours are from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Mondays, the Plains Art Museum’s galleries are closed. Hours from Tuesday to Friday are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and, on Saturdays, it is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Located at 704 First Avenue North, the museum is not that difficult the find. Besides, it’s a big building – you can’t miss it!

Plains Art Museum Admission

There is an admission fee of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $4 for educators with an ID. Admission is free for students with an ID, children, and for members of the Plains Art Museum. To become a member, you may visit the website or fill out an application. There are membership fees, which you will find here. Becoming a member would be beneficial to anyone who plans on visiting the museum occasionally (definitely not if you don’t go more than once a year!).

What is in the Plains Art Museum? Exhibits, artists, and events…

The Plains Art Museum wasn’t exactly what I had expected. It’s definitely not the Art Institute of Chicago, by all means, since it is a pretty small art museum, but neat nonetheless. Besides three galleries, the Plains Art Museum boasts a gift shop and a small café.

What I really enjoyed was the first exhibit I looked at, ‘seed art’, which was done by Lillian Colton. Her pieces were basically portraits of famous people done almost entirely in different types of seeds. It’s amazing how realistic her art is!

Other artists featured in Fargo’s Plains Art Museum include: Alec Soth, Zhimin Guan, Greta Pratt, Todd Severson, and Christopher Baker, among others. I really thought Christopher Baker’s Hello World, or How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, which is an immersive video installation featuring over 3,000 video diaries found on the Internet, was strange, different, but kind of neat.

The Plains Art Museum also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including receptions, panel discussions, lectures, and visits with the artists whose work is showcased in the museum.

Phone: To contact the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, please call: 701.232.3821.


  • Brian 5 years ago

    Plains Art Museum is for sure on the must see list when visiting the area. There is a great little restaurant there too. Love that place! Cool article.

  • CJMathis-Portland-Getaways-Examiner 5 years ago

    Sounds interesting I would love to go.

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