Rourke Art Gallery and Museum
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum in Fargo’s sister city of Moorhead, Minnesota, is the oldest art museum in the area and one of Fargo-Moorhead’s top attractions. Located inside a renovated post office building from 1915, this free art museum’s permanent collection has over 5,000 local, regional, and national works on display. When it comes to museums in Minnesota, the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum is a can’t-miss for its carefully selected and curated art exhibits. And, if you’re looking for free things to do in Fargo or Moorhead, you’ve found one of them. ••• HOURS ••• Please click on the website link above to see the most current hours. ••• ADMISSION ••• Free ••• TOURS ••• Guided Tour • For groups of 10 or more • $2 per adult, $1 per student or child • Led by a Rourke Art Gallery staff member • Reservations required at least two weeks in advance, call ahead to schedule Look closely and inquire about the museum’s galleries and the pieces of art that capture your interest while engaging with an experienced guide. ••• OTHER INFO ••• The Rourke requires visitors to check all backpacks, briefcases, umbrellas, and other parcels larger than 11" x 14" with the gallery attendant. Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries. ••• FUN FACTS ••• • The painted bison in front of the museum was done by a local artist. It’s painted like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and is titled “Gogh-Bison-Go”. • The building that houses The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum was originally the Moorhead Federal Post Office from 1915 until 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. ••• HISTORY ••• The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum opened its doors in 1960, through the hard work of two brothers, James O’Rourke and Orland J. Rourke. Since then, it’s been dedicated to showcasing regional talent, and functions as one of the elite art sales venues in the upper Midwest. Its permanent collection includes over 5,000 works – the vast majority of which are the lifetime collection of its founding director, James O’Rourke.
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