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Art museum to close temporarily; seeks new home

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Museum of American Art has found itself without a home and without a leader.

It’s St. Paul’s only fine arts museum, and it’s losing its downtown space to redevelopment. It will temporarily close Jan. 4, while it looks for a new location. This follows the resignation this summer of longtime director Bruce Lilly, who hasn’t yet been replaced.

The museum had been in the old West Publishing building, but Ramsey County has decided to sell the building to get it back on the property tax rolls.


The Minnesota Museum of American Art specializes in American art from 1900 to 1960, and Minnesota artists from the late 19th century to the present. It has about 3,500 works in its permanent collection, including numerous works by noted sculptor and Minnesota native Paul Manship and the great Native American painter, George Morrison.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,

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