Moorhead, MN Arts and Culture
Moorhead's top arts and cultural amenities include a visual arts museum, performing arts school and concert venue, and several sites allowing residents to learn more about the area's history and cultural heritage.
Visual and Performing Arts
People who enjoy visual arts can see works by local and regional artists, other important 20th-century artists, as well as art from cultures inspiring those artists at the Rourke Art Gallery and Museum. The gallery showcases work exclusively by local and regional artists, while the museum's permanent collection represents a broader scope.
Many concerts, plays, and other events draw the community to Trollwood Performing Arts School and the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead. While local and visiting students take advantage of nine summer performing arts programs, thousands more come to the campus to see theatrical stage productions, shows by nationally known bands and performances by Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra at the facility's 2,500-seat Imagine Amphitheater.
Set sail on a mission to learn about local history and the Red River Valley's Norwegian heritage at the Hjemkost Center, a city-owned site that includes two replicas that pay homage to Norway – a full-scale reproduction of the Hopperstad Stave Church in Vik, Norway, and a Viking ship replica built by late Moorhead resident Robert Asp. Asp's family sailed the ship to Norway in 1982. The Hjemkost Center also houses the Clay County Museum and Archives on its lower level and hosts traveling art and educational exhibits, as well.
History buffs with an interest in architecture can tour the Comstock House, an 1883 Victorian that was the home of influential Moorhead politician and businessman Solomon G. Comstock. You can also schedule a tour of The Bergquist Cabin, which dates to 1870 and is the city's oldest house still on its original site. The oldest home no longer in its original location? The Historic Log Cabin, built in 1859 and now used as a folk art center.