704 First Ave., N
Fargo North Dakota 58102United States
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This beautiful historic warehouse found new life as a home to modern art.
Less than two blocks from Broadway, Plains Art Museum lures both visitors and locals with modern art that sparks conversations and a sunny cafe that invites people to linger. The three-story former machinery warehouse complements the works, letting in natural light and allowing for simple decor within the exposed brick and gigantic wood beams. Works spread throughout three galleries, one with permanent works often influenced by North Dakota's Native American and cowboy cultures and two with visiting exhibitions. A recent exhibit included meticulous celebrity portraits done with seeds and grains (Abe Lincoln looks great with a wild rice beard) and a dizzying projection of 3,000 Internet diaries on the wall. Leave time for the gift shop offering boiled-wool purses, creative toys, jewelry, garden books and witty projects, such as origami made with duct tape. It's also the best place to find the cheeky T-shirts that proudly proclaim, "I live in Fargo. Really." Admission charged.