About the Museum
The Weisman Art Museum can trace its history back over 70 years, when the University of Minnesota established a small museum to provide students with direct access to art. In 1993, generously supported by philanthropist Frederick R. Weisman, the museum took up residence in a gleaming, angular new building designed by Frank Gehry on the banks of the Mississippi. Highlights within include impressive displays of ceramics, American Modernism and Mimbres pottery, and a collection of traditional Korean furniture that is unrivalled outside Asia. An 8,100-sq-ft expansion in 2011, also by Gehry, doubled the museum’s gallery space. As a teaching museum for the university and the local community, the Weisman presents an array of education programmes, public events, and exhibitions.