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Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth, functions as an art collecting and teaching institution that promotes learning through collection stewardship, research, and by presentations in the visual arts for the engagement program of the University and surrounding communities.


History of the Tweed Slideshow





With a permanent collection of over 11,000 art objects representing a range of cultures and periods of art history, the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth is a major cultural and educational resource for the Upper Midwest.


In the 1920s and early 1930s, George P. Tweed and his wife Alice began collecting 19th and early 20th century European and American painting, including examples of the French Barbizon School and Impressionist influenced American Landscape painting. After the death of Mr. Tweed in 1946, Mrs. Tweed saw the potential of the Tweed Collection as an educational resource for the community and the University. She generously developed the funding for the present building which was dedicated in 1958.


Recent Collections Publication:Art Through the Ages


Tweed Collections Brochure


More information on the Tweed Collection




The original house of the Tweeds where they started to show their collection with private guests.


The 1958 inauguration of the Tweed at UMD.





Museum and Store Hours: 
Tuesday: 9:00am–8:00pm 
Wednesday–Friday: 9:00am–4:30pm 
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00pm–5:00pm 


Closed Mondays and University Holidays. In case of Inclement weather, the University may close the campus as a safety measure, so the Tweed Museum of Art will be closed. Otherwise, the Museum is open and will hold its programs as planned.


Free Admission




218.726.8222 or 218.726.7823
Museum Store





Museum Location

Tweed Museum of Art

University of Minnesota Duluth Campus

1201 Ordean Court

Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Info: 218-726-8222 or 218-726-6552

store: 218-726-6139


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Staff at the Museum do not appraise objects. Depending upon the object we have worked with several appraisers over the years.


Peter Spooner is a former curator at the Tweed Museum of Art and has an extensive background knowledge in art. He resides in Duluth and recently earned his certification to provide appraisals.

Please contact Peter Spooner at or call at (218) 390-3064.

Joan Caballero of Joan Caballero Appraisals in Santa Fe (505) 982-8148; email: is another appraiser we have worked extensively with in recent years. There was also a gallery in the Cities that Museum staff worked with but they no longer do appraisals, but they did refer us to Bonnie at Appraisal Specialists Midwest (952) 926-0225. Or contact Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis at

(612)870-3120. Otherwise, there is a professional organization of appraisers, International Society of Appraisers (, that can assist in locating an appraiser.






Beginning July 1, 2017, the Tweed Museum will no longer be accepting unsolicited submissions of artwork or exhibition proposals.






Ken Bloom, Director


Camille Doran, Registrar


Catherine Meier, Senior Graphic Design



Yana Stockman, Office Assistant


Christine Strom, Events Planning & Communications Specialist



Karissa White, Associate Curator



Melissa King, Executive Office & Admin Specialist







Scott Stevens, Lead Guard



Steve Johnson, Guard



Greg Tiburzi, Guard








Tweed Museum of Art Advisory Board


Patricia Burns

Patrice Bradley

Annie Carmichael

Mary Ebert
Tom Ellison
Debra Hannu
Bruce Hansen
Jane Jarnis

Jeffrey Larson
John Lawien
Robert Leff

Jim Paymar
Manny Rivas

Nick Roloff
Susan Vandersteen


Director's Circle


Barb Gaddie
Beverly Goldfine
Alice B. O’Connor, Emeritus Board Member
Terry Roberts
Mike Seyfer
Dan Shogren

Miriam Sommerness
Dee Dee Widdes






The Tweed Museum of Art is one of six units in the School of Fine Arts, UMD. The University of Minnesota Duluth is an equal opportunity educator and employer.



Tweed Museum of Art is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an operating support grant program from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.





Museum Location

Tweed Museum of Art

University of Minnesota Duluth Campus

1201 Ordean Court

Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Info: 218-726-8222 or 218-726-6552

store: 218-726-6139



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