Tribute to CDR Robert J. Collins

December 9, 1938--November 10, 2019

The Gagnon Museum has lost a most valued advisor. 


Robert J. Collins was a retired navy commander living in Fairfax, Virginia. He contacted Arlyn Gagnon after both of their spouses passed away, and he then began to volunteer at the museum. He was very innovative and created his own unique role, which was sending relevant art, education, healing, and museum articles from his fine daily newspaper. He was always bright, an avid reader, and cared deeply about education and the success of our small private museum. His efforts kept Arlyn, her staff, and her interns informed of worldwide art exhibits and related events. 

Robert will be deeply missed.


ABC 6 News

August 18, 2019

Rochester's Only Private Museum Celebrates One Year

ABC 6 News

August 22, 2018

First Private Museum in Rochester Opens

Queens Chronicle

February 11, 2016

Bringing life back to her husband’s art


June 2, 2019

Gagnon Museum unveils new drawing exhibit

KIMT3 News

August 23, 2018


Post Bulletin

January 26, 2019

Gagnon Museum located in home of renowned Rochester sculptor

MPR News

September 17, 2018

Late sculptor's home now a museum of his work

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10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

& Sunday 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closed on Major Holidays 

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Rochester, MN 55902

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Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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