Great Art Inspired by Water

American Collections

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is home to a large collection of historical works by American artists spanning the length of the nation’s history.

MMAM’s most significant collection is its Hudson River School collection, with landscapes by artists such as Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and Frederic Church.

Other highlights include works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, John James Audubon, Edward Hopper and Emanuel Leutze’s iconic Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851).


European Collections

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum houses a diverse collection of European paintings representing 300 years of art history, from early 17th century traditional Dutch marine paintings, to English Romantics like J. M. W. Turner, to 20th century masters such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall.

The most complete European collection at MMAM is it’s French Impressionism collection, with works by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot and Edgar Degas.

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Contemporary Collections

In addition to it’s historic works, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum has a growing collection of contemporary works. Anchored on a collection of over 400 wood carvings by local artists Leo and Marilyn Smith, the Contemporary Collection contains many works by regional artists and beyond, many of whom have exhibited at MMAM.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.