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“What a fabulous museum”

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Winona
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

I learned a lot! What a lovely building. And only $7 per adult to get in. Wonderful temporary exhibits and permanent collection. You can see everything in about 2 hrs. Loved it!

Thank Elaine L
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

While the museum has a lot of marine art they have, at least when we were there they had two Monet and one of VanGoughs first painting on display.

It may not be a large museum but they do have quality art. The staff appear to be knowledgable, too.

On the plus it was easily affordable. On the negative it was a litle hard to find, at least by our gps. But it is worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Winona, MN.

Thank John N
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

I was awe-struck by the collection at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Yes, the marine art alone is worth the trip, but the museum also offers wonderful piece by Monet, Van Gogh, Cassett, O'Keeffe, Cole, Durand, Fitz Hugh Lane, and on and on. These are not minor pieces by great artists, but major pieces by great artists. The beautiful museum, the impressive permanent collection and the interesting temporary exhibits, the lovely riverside setting make it a destination.

Thank KateWesternIllinois
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

The Minnesota Maritime Museum
When a friend first mentioned the Minnesota Maritime Museum I admit I was puzzled. Why a maritime museum in a state 1200 miles from the sea and why Winona, Minnesota? After a visit I know longer care about the answers so much although they are quite interesting. The museum should be high on a list of anyone visiting or living in Minnesota, especially people visiting friends in the Mayo Clinic about an hour away or people wanting to follow the Mississippi river and the St. Croix River in southeastern Minnesota.

I needed more than 19th and early 20th century sailing ships to draw me to Winona. I was drawn to the collection of impressionist and post impressionit art in a third gallery within the museum. It is worth every minute of the drive. First, the museum itself is located on a small backwater of the Mississippi loaded with orange and grey barges, a bit like a painting by Vlaminck. The museum , founded by a local businessman and his wife, represents his lifelong interest in sailing ship and two thirds of the museum is of those, however, in a third gallery is a national treasure of splendid collector’s taste. There are two paintings by the American Mary Cassatt and the French woman, Berthe Morisot, the only two women accepted by the Impressionists. At the very entrance to the large room is a powerful work by Signac, a pointillist, and there are two more pointillist paintings by Pisarro.

The room is full of surprising works, often untypical of the artist. There is a Van Goph painted when he was young that no one would think of being by him in his later Expressionist phase. This is also true of a Kandinsky of boats, a Matisse, and a Renoir. All of these paintings are illustrative of very different phases of the artists work There are about 60 interesting works and all of them have, you guessed it, water in the painting somewhere. Go. If you are visiting the Twin Cities this is a wonderful full day excursion along the Mississippi through the 19th century town of Red wing. On the return you can have lunch of dinner at the Harbor View Café on the Wisconsin side. They serve the best fish imaginable to sailors and motorists from afar. This day includes a trip back to the 19th century in Red Wing and Lake City, a brilliant art museum and a possible spectacular fish dinner.

2  Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

We were in Winona MN for two days and just happened upon the MMAM. The art is much more than just depictions of Minnesota and it's history. The exhibits include French impressionist and other American and European masterworks. Upcoming events include Revisiting Twain's Mississippi and Ansel Adams photographs. If you are ever in Winona it's a mist see

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