Sarah Anstett, Development and Marketing Manager for the Plains Art Museum, filled us in on everything we need to know this summer.

This summer, see what’s new at Plains Art Museum! Guests from all over the region and country are invited to take in original, contemporary artwork in any of our eight galleries and art spaces – all free of charge and open to the public thanks to our PlainsArt4All initiative that keeps your Art Museum general admission free.

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About the Museum:

The Museum is housed in the re-purposed and renovated International Harvester building – a former tractor manufacturer. As you walk through the spaces and galleries the original wood flooring and wood beam only add to the ascetic and ambiance – a perfect juxtaposition to the featured artworks often found in its galleries.

Their mission

Plains Art Museum’s mission is to connect art, artists, and audiences to foster creative, resilient, and welcoming communities. This ties directly into our PlainsArt4All initiative that keeps the Museum's general admission free, enabling arts access for all. Visitors from anywhere in the country are invited to take in the beautiful art in North Dakota’s only fully accredited art Museum.


Plains Art Museum also boasts one of the most affordable membership programs in the Museum industry, with yearly and monthly options available for any budget. Members receive discounts at the Museum Store and events throughout the year. The Museum also hosts special events for members only. And if you live outside the region, you can still benefit! Plains Art Museum is a member of NARM (the North American Reciprocal Museum Association) where you can enjoy free admission to hundreds of Museums across the country. 

Visiting the Museum:

What to expect

- To be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable Museum staff, who will answer any of your questions or curiosities.

- Rotating galleries that each feature contemporary and Native American art, as well as a rotating gallery featuring pieces from our permanent collection.

- Beautiful, well-lit spaces perfect for photo opportunities and gatherings.

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But it doesn’t stop with the art, visitors are also invited to try their hand at art-making experiences. If you live in the region, you are encouraged to sign up for a class. From watercolor to woodworking, clay to sketching, class participants at all levels and ages are invited to flex their creative muscles and create something unique and personal.



On any given week, the public is invited to:

- Attend a Creative Artist talk with one of our exhibiting artists.

- Attend panel-led community events like our quarterly Art & Business Breakfast

- Pop in for a pop-up, where music, food, arts, and expression are featured in a community format.

- Attend special events like our annual Gala and art auction, or our Winter and Summer parties.

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Many of our events are free and open to the public, and our special fundraising events directly support our educational and PlainsArt4All initiative.


These events happen throughout the year and many are free and open to the public

- Scavenger hunt a GeoCache.

- Kid Quest – a free event for the whole family held on the first Saturday of every month from October – May.

- Corporate team-building classes like our Plains Art Inside & Out program.

- And for your little, littles Clay Cub Club!

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This summer, Plains Art Museum, and the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Region invite you to come to see what’s new at Plains Art Museum. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn and always know what’s new at Plains Art Museum.