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Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis

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The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is an art museum located on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. A teaching museum for the university since 1934, the museum is named for Frederick R. Weisman, and was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. Often called a "modern art museum," the 20,000+ image collection has large collections of Marsden Hartley, Alfred Maurer, Charles Biederman, Native American Mimbres pottery, and Korean furniture.BuildingThe museum's current building, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, was completed in 1993. The stainless steel skin was fabricated and installed by the A. Zahner Company, a frequent collaborator with Gehry's office.It is one of the major landmarks on campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The building presents two faces, depending on which side it is viewed from. From the campus side, it presents a brick facade that blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. On the opposite side, the museum is a playground of curving and angular brushed steel sheets. This side is an abstraction of a waterfall and a fish.
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  • The museum is on the UofM campus and has a good set of exhibits, many periodically changing. Architecturally it is an interesting building and both the external view and the art inside are worth the i...  more »
  • The place wasn't easy to find as our gps had us going in circles. The buildings architecture is very interesting and worth the trip if even for a drive by. The museum has some interesting pieces some ...  more »
  • This is worth a visit for the architecture alone – designed by Frank Gehry (same architect that designed the Guggenheim in Bilbao). It also houses his “Standing Glass Fish”. This is a medium sized gal...  more »
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  • Loved it. Simple, small, cute art museum. A great place to spend an hour or two on a date or alone for some ME time. I would definitely recommend this as a free place for a date or a cool place to stop and relax when visiting from out of town.
  • In the Twin Cities and love modern architecture? A stop at the Weisman is surely warranted. Did I mention Frank Gehry? No it was closed, but I was there for the exterior.
  • Seeing this building is basically why I went to Mineapolis. It was beautiful. Be sure to view it from all sides.
  • Important place to visit and know learn about Frank Ghery Architecture. Great museum.
  • Saw some Andy Warhol pieces. Very cool and it's free.