Frequently Asked Questions

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Installation view, "Annual Student Exhibition" (Spring 2022). Photo: Courtesy of Steven ("Tigg") Tiggemann

What is the cost of admission for the Tweed’s events?

Tweed programming is free and open to the public, thanks to your donations and the grants that allow us to provide diverse offerings throughout the year.

Suggested donation:

Adults: $5

Children over 12: $3

Seniors: $2

Students, children 12 and younger, and Friends of the Tweed are always free.

Does the Museum provide wheelchairs for visitors with special needs?

Yes, please inquire at the front desk. 

Is the Tweed accessible?

All museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. The Tweed has an elevator at the main entrance. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Tweed’s facility offers elevator access and no-step entry to the galleries. Exhibitions are laid out with an emphasis on accessible routes of passage and knowledge of the thirty-six-inch minimum clear width for wheelchair access as well as the forty-inch ADA-recommended height requirements for kiosks and displays. Tweed staff are trained in guidance and accessibility to create an environment that affords Museum patrons full participation, equal access, and reasonable accommodation. 

Borrowing access to wheelchairs is coordinated with UMD Transportation & Parking Services located in Kirby Student Center; phone (218) 726-7433. The Museum’s location on Ordean Court provides an accessible location for pickup and drop-off directly in front of the building. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are near the Tweed’s main entrance in the hallway. 

As a UMD student, can I get involved at the Tweed?

Certainly! There are many ways for UMD students to become involved at the Tweed. Contact our Visitor Welcome Students, who work on programming from and for UMD students, reach out to the Tweed’s team and director to apply for an internship, and visit our website to learn much more. 

I am UMD faculty and would like to teach at the Tweed. Is this possible?

Absolutely! Tweed is a teaching museum. You can bring your classes when the Tweed is open and teach in front of the artworks. We have a Study Room that can conveniently be used on a first-come, first-served basis. Tables and chairs are in the space to be used for that purpose. If a class is in session, alert the security guard to close the doors so you won’t be interrupted—the Study Room is otherwise open to the public. 

I teach at another university and wish to bring our students to campus. Is this possible?

Of course, we would love to welcome you. You can visit us when we are open to the public, and ideally, we would want to know in advance when you will be arriving and how many students will be with you. Please send us an email to [email protected] 

Your visit is free of charge. Please check out the Museum guidelines before visiting. 

How many works are in the Tweed’s collections, and are these available online?

Tweed currently has 10,000 objects, and the collection is not online. For scholarly inquiries, please contact the incoming curator and registrar. 

Is the Tweed open year-round?

No, the Tweed is open from mid-January through mid-May and mid/end of August through December. We are closed during the summer months to allow the Tweed to address collections-related aspects and to get ready for exciting fall programs. 

Can I order an image of an artwork to publish my article (online writings/book), and is there a fee?

Yes, there is a fee for ordering images. For more information, please contact the registrar.

Can I submit a proposal for an exhibition?

Unsolicited exhibition proposals are reviewed by the Tweed’s team (led by the curator/director) three times a year: May, September, and January.

Can I bring a stroller to the Museum?

Yes, you can bring a stroller into the galleries, or you may leave it in the coatroom. 

Can you provide me with the copyright to publish an image?

No, the Tweed is not responsible for the copyright. Scholars must conduct this research before they publish and/or post their articles, writings, books, etc. 

Can I bring food and beverages into the Museum?

No, food and beverages are not allowed at the Tweed. 

Is sketching allowed in the galleries?

Yes, sketching is allowed. Only pencils are permitted. 

Is photography allowed?

Photography without flash is allowed at the Tweed except where indicated. Visitors are welcome to take photographs for personal, not commercial, use. Tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, and flash lighting are not permitted. 

Can I schedule a private tour?

Guided group tours are available by appointment only and are conducted by the incoming curator and educator, and student docents. You are also invited to take a self-guided tour. To inquire, please contact us at [email protected].

Does the Tweed exhibit students’ artwork?

Yes, The Tweed has a dedicated Student Gallery that is managed by the Department of Art & Design. Each spring, we regularly feature the Annual Student Show on the Tweed’s Balcony and Sax Gallery (March/April), organized by the Department of Art & Design. 

Can we rent spaces?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tweed’s spaces were not available for rent. Once COVID-19 guidelines are lifted, special events can take place in particular areas of the Museum (e.g., lobby, courtyard); however, food and drinks are currently not permitted. 

Does the use of the Maker/Communities Space cost money?

No, the Maker/Communities Space is considered a space for the public, free of charge, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis when the Tweed is open. Please inquire at the front desk to get access. It is a perfect space for K-12 teachers who use this space for art activities involving their classes. 

The Maker/Communities Space, which is open to all, has Loll Design furniture, allows seating for up to eighteen people. Given its double sink, the use of activities involving water: painting, watercolor, sketching, and other media (e.g., weaving, arts and crafts, photography, etc.) are possible. A projector installed at the ceiling allows for films; outlets throughout the space permit the use of computers. The walls are ideal for an exhibit of artworks produced in this space that might be up for display for a few days to celebrate the outcome with families.

What activities do you have for families?

Check out the Tweed’s homepage, Communities, Family Days events, and other activities. 

I want to have an object/work of art restored/repaired. Can you recommend someone?

While the Tweed cannot endorse specific conservators, you are welcome to visit the following websites (in alphabetical order) that offer these services:

Where can I get an artwork that I own appraised?

Tweed staff are not permitted to appraise or authenticate artworks or recommend individual appraisers/authenticators. To locate an appraiser/authenticator who matches your needs, please see the following websites, and/or contact major auction houses, including Christie’s and Sotheby’s:

How may I donate art to the Tweed?

Potential donors should contact the Tweed’s curator and director. We ask that you provide complete information for the work(s) being offered (e.g., artist, title, year, medium, dimensions, provenance) as well as digital images. Museum staff and the Acquisitions Committee, which meets twice a year (spring and fall) will then review the proposed gift(s), following the Museum’s collecting priorities and criteria. All proposed gifts to the Museum’s collections must go through this process of review and approval. The Tweed does not accept unsolicited donations of artworks.

Can I bring an original artwork to the Tweed and leave it at the Museum?

The Tweed is not permitted to accept your artwork, and staff cannot take it unless special arrangements have been made in advance, such as accepting an object on loan for a particular exhibition. 

Unsolicited artworks cannot be deposited at the Museum, and all loans of artworks for exhibits and programs have to go through the Tweed’s registrar. 

How do I sign up to receive emails and newsletters from the Tweed?

If you wish to receive emails and newsletters, please sign up for our mailing list (in person at the Tweed) or online by selecting Join.

How do I become a Friend of the Tweed?

It is free, and more information is provided when you select Join. The Tweed has always offered free admission, and we are excited to share with you that membership (which was free to UMD students) is now free to the public as well. By signing up, you’ll stay up-to-date about our programs. Instead of a yearly membership up front, we ask you to consider an annual gift to the Tweed.

Is there a coat or bag check?

The Tweed has a newly created coatroom with cubbies downstairs. 

What is the best public transportation option?

Plan your visit with the Moovit app or visit Duluth Transit.

What is the best option for parking?

The Tweed does not have a designated area for parking for visitors. For parking on campus, visit Parking & Directions

What if I have other questions?

Please call our Visitor Service Desk at (218) 726-6552 or email [email protected].

Thank you for your interest and support! We hope to welcome you soon at the Tweed.