The MMAM is a 501c3 nonprofit art museum and education center that opened on July 27, 2006, attracting both regional and national attention. The impetus for building the Museum was to make the Winona area a nationally recognized center for arts and culture and to build on the robust educational systems of the greater region.
The initial collections consisted of a substantial collection of traditional marine paintings and an equally large collection of folk art by popular regional artists Leo and Marilyn Smith. After expanding the quality and diversity of its collections year after year, adding an ambitious roster of educational programs and temporary exhibitions, and expanding its facility in 2009, 2013 and 2014, the MMAM of today is a dynamic and surprising experience for tens of thousands of visitors. [source]