Art and Heritage Place: Whitby Gift Shop & Haehn Museum
Art and Heritage Place was built in 2000 as a place to commemorate the tradition and history of the arts and is open to the public. It covers 9,600 square feet of space and houses the Haehn Museum and Whitby Gift Shop.
Tuesday–Friday: 12–4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Visits outside regular hours are arranged, as requested. For more information, call (320) 363-7113 or (320) 363-7100.
Changes to Schedule
The Art and Heritage Place will be closed from Tuesday, June 13, through Saturday, June 17, for our annual community retreat.
Whitby Gift Shop
Whitby Gift Shop
Whitby Gift Shop and Gallery boasts a large variety of items for sale, many handmade by the sisters. You will find items for infants, cards for all occasions, jewelry, pottery, religious items, scarves and artwork.
After marveling over the artwork of Sister Dennis Frandrup in the Haehn Museum’s exhibit “By the Work of Her Hands,” you’ll want to stop by Whitby Gift Shop to buy your own piece! From coffee pots and mugs, to umbrella holders and decorative wall hangings, there is something beautiful and unique for everyone.
“By the Work of Her Hands”
The Art of Sister Dennis Frandrup
This exhibit celebrates the vast array of art forms mastered by the hands of Sister Dennis Frandrup. Respected by colleagues, admired by her students of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, and recognized by other artists, S. Dennis has been producing art for over 50 years. In this exciting exhibit, the teacher and artist come together to offer beauty to a weary world.
Due to popular interest, this exhibit was extended through 2023! For those who have already visited, there are some new arrangements exhibited.
A Conversation Between Sister Dennis Frandrup and Tanya Gertz
Sister Dennis Frandrup sat down with Tanya Gertz, executive director of Fine Arts Programming at the College of Saint Benedict and longtime friend, to talk all about art! This video shares a few small highlights of their conversation. To enjoy the full chat session, visit the exhibit at the Art and Heritage Place.
From the Monastery Museum
As we open our doors to the second year of the exhibit “By the Work of Her Hands” on February 7, 2023, you will note six large new sculptures by Sister Dennis Frandrup. These works have been added to the favorites of the 2022 exhibit.
S. Dennis tells us that often artists simply create a work, give it a number, and move on. As time goes on, viewers often suggest names for these works. The charming piece pictured here was named “ET” by the artist herself. The defining little hat on the character helped to decide his name!
You are invited to the Haehn Museum in the Art and Heritage Place to visit and revisit year two of this exciting exhibit where you will meet several new creations.
About the Haehn Museum
The Haehn Museum is home to nearly 7,000 artifacts, dating back to 1857, which document the lives and ministries of the Sisters of Saint Benedict. Exhibits capture and portray the strong cultural, social and religious influence the Benedictine sisters have had in their ministries locally, statewide, nationally and internationally, both past and present. The museum was named after Sylvester and Jacquie Haehn, who were major donors for its construction.
Since the opening of the Art and Heritage Place, visitors have come from all 50 United States and approximately 60 countries. Most of the visitors are from Minnesota and find they learn something new about the sisters and the monastery with each visit. School groups, college classes, adult groups, organizations and individuals are welcome. Visits outside regular hours are arranged, as requested. Come, join us!
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