'The M' art museum reopens in historic St. Paul building

A 100-year old art institution in the Twin Cities finally found a permanent home in St. Paul as the Minnesota Museum of American Art celebrated opening day Sunday.

Known colloquially as, “The M”, the museum now calls an old, skywalk-accessible building in Lowertown St. Paul home.

The new space for The M is now open in the Pioneer Endicott Building, where both adults and kids can enjoy one-of-a-kind art.

“I think it is very creative that they decided to let other people do art and I like that they want other people to express other people’s art as well as the ones they are holding in this space,” said 12-year-old Chloe Genda.

The M is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in the state with roots stretching back to the 19th century. Finding the necessary funding to expand the gallery of art took two legislative sessions.

State Rep. Alice Hausman was instrumental in making sure The M stayed in St. Paul to give the area the economic boon it needed.

“Particularly Lowertown, where there is this growing residential area and new restaurants, it’s just part of the vibrancy of this area,” said Hausman.

The space features more than 4,500 artworks that showcase the unique voices of American artists, including an interactive play space for children to encourage their creativity.

“I’ve been very impressed with how many people are here and the kids are all over the place and having a good time and the creative side is very fun,” said Victoria Igoe, of Minneapolis.

This is just the beginning for The M. In 2020, there will be a huge expansion.