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University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota was founded as a preparatory school in 1851, seven years before the territory of Minnesota became a state.

Financial problems forced the school to close during the Civil War, but with the help of Minneapolis entrepreneur John Sargent Pillsbury, it reopened in 1867.

Known as the father of the University, Pillsbury, who was a University Regent, state senator, and governor, used his influence to establish the school as the official recipient of public support from the Morrill Land-Grant Act, designating it as Minnesota’s land-grant University.

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community.

Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.

University Aquatic Center

The University of Minnesota Aquatic Center was built directly on the grounds of the old Memorial Stadium. This facility features a 50-meter racing pool and adjacent diving well, both of which are accessed by athletes and recreation swimmers alike. The Aquatic Center has hosted over five million participants since it first opened in 1990.

Ted Mann Concert Hall

Connected to Ferguson Hall is Ted Mann Concert Hall a world-class concert auditorium dedicated in 1993. Overlooking the banks of the Mississippi River, this facility seats 1,126 with additional standing room and non-fixed seating options and offers a full concert programming schedule that includes performances by School of Music ensembles, faculty and guest artists. A separate programming schedule includes performances or master classes by such notables as The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joe Henderson Trio, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dale Warland Singers, Bobby McFerrin, Chanticleer and The Schubert Club.

From the breathtaking view through the stunning three-story, glass-walled lobby to the clean lines and soothing colors of the auditorium, you and your guests will appreciate the elegance and style of this superb facility.