Minnesota Museum of American Art creating permanent home in St. Paul’s historic Pioneer Endicott building

“The M” is slated to open spring 2018 // Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Museum of American Art

One of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota will be getting an expanded, permanent home come spring 2018. The Minnesota Museum of American Art, or “the M,” will undergo a $12.5 million development within the historic Pioneer Endicott building this summer, resulting in over 20,000 square feet of public space.

While the museum has maintained a robust gallery—some 4,500 works by American masters and contemporary Minnesota artists, such as Thomas Hart Bentron, Louise Nevelson, and Wing Young Huie—in the historic Pioneer Endicott since 2013, the new and improved M will include a state-of-the-art gallery, community gathering spaces, and a sculpture court with a “sky bridge” extending skyway access into the museum.

The centerpiece for the M’s first phase of construction will be the Sifo Center for Creativity, a children’s toy company that existed in St. Paul from 1944 to 1975, according to the news release. The Center will showcase 5,000 square feet of new classroom and maker spaces.

“This is our opportunity to imagine and build a museum from the ground up that has the values of a 21st-century museum at its core—accessibility for all, intergenerational learning and community exchange, support of living artists, and responsible stewardship of a great collection for generations to come,” says Kristin Makholm, executive director of the M, in the press release. “This is the time both to honor the legacy of this historic St. Paul treasure and to break ground with new communities and new audiences throughout the metro, the region, and the state.”