Minnesota Museum of American Art

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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]

Among the attendees were LeRoy Neiman. Collections include work by David Remfry. Special exhibits included work by George Morrison and Hugh Kappel.


  1. ^ Staff report (October 28, 1894). Current news of the fine arts. 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

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