No one would accuse the Plains Art Museum of being plain.
From the building to rotating exhibits and its permanent collection, the museum is a must-see. Recent exhibits have included “Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession,” a show in Rembrandt etchings and the art of Fargo native Matt Mastrud.
Plains is the single biggest art museum between Minneapolis and Seattle. It sponsors a Biennial Regional Juried Exposition and an annual series to showcase musicians, composers and artists who work with digital media. The educational offerings are long and include state-of-the-art printmaking, landscape painting and clay camp for kids.
Downtown is also home to multiple art galleries, including Gallery 4 Ltd. and Gallery 514, both on Broadway.
Music and Film in Fargo
In the mood for music? The city sponsors a two-day Blues Festival every August. The Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead and the Great Plains Harmony Men’s Chorus not only perform but reach out to the community. The chorus has been going strong since 1951, and its fall show at the Fargo Theatre is always a smash.
The theater itself is hard to miss. It’s a restored vintage movie palace where the stage gets major performers such as Steve Earle and Jonny Lang; hosts local groups; and sponsors film series, including the Fargo Film Festival in March. The 1926 restored Fargo Theatre neon sign is fabulous, and the building is a registered historic landmark.
Museums and Shows
Inside the Fargodome is the Gate City Bank Theatre, where big touring Broadway shows and other productions unfold in a space that uses a mechanized grid system with more than 100 chain motors and more than 500 rigging parts.
More intimate shows are at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater, which puts on seven shows a year and seats 344 people. Tap your inner actor with classes on site.
Kids love the Fargo Air Museum. The collection includes the world’s only flying SuperCorsair and a classic used for WWII recon, a Beech Staggerwing.
And with more than 50 exhibits, from a planetarium to the Imaginarium, the Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm will keep the little ones entertained for hours. Housed in an 1876 brick home, the museum has been lauded by Child magazine as one of the best in the nation.
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