Opening Day @ the New M

Sunday, December 2, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
Minnesota Museum of American Art | 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul
Located in the Historic Pioneer Endicott

Join us for the grand opening of the M, and experience a full day of fun activities, in-gallery performances, food & drink, and remarkable art around every corner in the museum’s beautiful new home!

Come explore a new museum that has been years in the making! After months of construction, Minnesota Museum of American Art (“the M,” for short) is opening its long-awaited permanent home, driven by a 21st-century vision of creativity and community. Since 2013, the M has organized touring shows and presented nationally recognized exhibitions and programs in its Project Space gallery, housed in downtown St. Paul’s historic Pioneer-Endicott complex. Now, thanks to a groundswell of support from the city, state, and the community,  a new kind of museum is opening in the Twin Cities: an inclusive space for creativity and wonder, learning, and timely conversations about timeless American art.

Celebrate the new M’s grand opening with:

  • A ribbon-cutting at noon with civic leaders and community partners
  • Twin Cities dance collaborative SuperGroup performing throughout the museum
  • Hands-on activities for all ages in the Center for Creativity – make a housewarming present for the new M, with artists Carrie Thompson and Aki Shibata in the Wide Open Studio
  • The M’s first Artist Takeover resident, Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, in-studio at the Center for Creativity
  • Live music by Lady Xok (Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra)

Take a selfie with friends under the monumental arches flanking the museum’s soaring new sculpture court, which will be filled with a colorful fiber art installation by New York artist Sheila Pepe. Tumble into the depth and breadth of the M’s collection by exploring the exhibition, 100 Years and Counting: early 20th century paintings, photographs, sculpture by Paul Manship, incredible ink and pastel drawings, mid-century studio craft, sculpture, prints, Native American art, wood sculpture by George Morrison, contemporary works, up-to-the-minute recent acquisitions by outstanding living artists.

Watch some performances, make art with family and friends, chat with artists and folks from neighboring Lowertown and downtown arts organizations. Grab a bite from a food truck just outside the museum, and while you’re there, don’t miss Minnesota artist David Bowen‘s street-facing light installation in the M’s new Window Gallery. It’s a big moment for our creative community – let’s make a day of it!

SuperGroup: Sam Johnson, Erin Search-Wells, and Jeffrey Wells.

Thanks to the generous sponsors of the museum’s Grand Opening events: