Explore with Kids: Plains Art Museum

Plains Art Museum
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Plains Art Museum

Location: 704 1st Ave N, Fargo

Located in Downtown Fargo, this spacious museum features regional Native American, contemporary, and folk art.

What to do:

Visit the galleries. View their permanent collection and also featured exhibitions. And check the Plains Art Museum website regarding current offerings.

Explore the kids playroom where kids can read, play, and create.

They offer a variety of youth classes, at the Katherine Kilburne Burgum Center for Creativity. These classes cater to a range of ages using different media. They also offer monthly family programs such as Kid Quest (one Saturday a month) and Toddler Tuesdays.

Visit the gift shop for books, art supplies, and unique gifts.

Why we love the Plains Art Museum:

First of all, it’s free! But they also have the option for guided tours for a more in-depth look at the museum. See their website for reservations and additional information.

And usually pretty quiet, at least on weekdays.

The kids playroom is great for younger kids. It has many books, interactive toys, and art supplies promoting creative and imaginative play.

Also, the Plains Art Museum location, being downtown, is close to lots of fun stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. It makes a great stop to a day exploring downtown Fargo!

They provide a welcoming environment to all with Low-Sensory Mondays. The first Monday of every month from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. they provide a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment. Gallery sounds are kept to a minimum, lights are turned down, and attendance is limited.

Good to know:

No food and drinks in the gallery spaces.

Also, photography is not allowed in the galleries.

Sketching is permitted using graphite or colored pencils. However, charcoal, pens, and paints are not allowed (to protect the artwork).

Parking is free in their parking lot located on the south and west sides of the Museum. There is also some street parking available.

Looking to explore more museums in our area? Check out our post on Historic Landmarks & Museums in Fargo & Moorhead.
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Leah Tennefos
Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.


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