Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts has a history as intriguing as the art located inside the building. Built by early entrepreneurs in the 1840s, the facility has operated as a tavern, inn, dairy farm and partial post office for early travelers on the Oxcart Trail.

At the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, a variety of Minnesota artists display their works. Spacious hardwood-floor gallery rooms spotlight the work of area artists with detailed descriptions of the materials used and desired theme. Shows change approximately every six weeks. A gift shop features handmade items and books from local artists. 

Weekly art classes are available for children and adults. A few gallery spaces are available for local artists. The newest community event allows area authors to share their written works. 

The facility is available to be rented.


Latitude: 45.08901 Longitude: -93.276861 Elevation: 838 ft
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Hours Open

The galleries and the gift shop are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.


There is no admission cost for the Art Center galleries or the surrounding park, however, membership to the non-profit arts center is available.

Accessibility Notes

Parking in the adjacent lot is free and handicapped parking is designated.

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