About Us

Weisman Art Museum Building Exterior

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM) at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.

Since 2011, this beloved Minnesota landmark has been housed in a gorgeous Frank Gehry-designed building overlooking the Mississippi River. WAM is the realization of a dream first articulated by University President Lotus Coffman in 1934. Setting aside some unused rooms in the newly completed Northrop Auditorium, Coffman noted, “There is a need for new values to sustain the morale of individuals in the days ahead. The arts are a source for such values and I want this university to play a leading part in instilling them.” 

Today, WAM cares for a collection of more than 25,000 artworks and provides a rich variety of engaging exhibitions, creative educational programs, artist-led collaborations, and much more. This world-class teaching museum is a cornerstone of vibrant arts and cultural engagement for the U of M campus, surrounding Minnesota communities, and far beyond.

Admission is always free, and all are welcome! Plan your next visit to WAM >>