Director's Welcome

The Charles E. Gagnon museum and Sculpture Garden is Rochester’s crown jewel of cultural institutions. Here you can learn more about the exceptional bronze sculptures of Charles Eugene Gagnon. When Chuck passed away in 2012, I founded the museum to honor his legacy of 50 creative years in bronze sculpture. Our residence houses his studio and bronze sculptures created by this Minnesotan sculptor. Our home and studios provides a tranquil environment to enjoy beautiful examples of Chucks figurative sculpture. You can experience a sense of the museums special ambience on our scheduled tours.


The Gagnon Reference Library was founded in 1964 and it is open by appointment to students and Art History scholars for the study of art and collecting information about the library.


If you have enjoyed your online preview of the Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden, I hope you will feel inspired to visit our museum in person. I look forward to welcoming you and showing you Chuck’s uplifting, joyful and healing sculptures with you.




Arlyn Gagnon

Founder and Executive Director

“You can’t drive, live in, or eat a piece of sculpture,
but you can tangibly feel the forms and movements
​with your eyes and soul and,
through [the] inspiration a fine piece of sculpture can bring,
other things may and oftentimes do evolve.”

Charles E. Gagnon

The Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden preserves Charles E. Gagnon's art, spanning from 1962 to 2012, and shares this legacy with people throughout the world. Gagnon was dedicated to creating bronze sculptures that would give hope to the world and inspire peace among all peoples, and many of these sculptures will be on display.

Guided museum tours of Gagnon's home, galleries, and studio, designed by architect Steven D. Sorensen, is arranged by appointment. 

Chuck’s private library on figurative sculpture and artists is available to art students on an appointment basis, with no books leaving the library. Contact us to express your interest in viewing the library publications.

Special exhibitions will feature the Gagnons’ private drawing and print collection, which includes works by many well known artists. Charles Gagnon’s figurative drawings, which have never been displayed, also will be exhibited at future events. 

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Open for Scheduled Tours Wednesday - Saturday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 2 - 3:30 p.m. & Sunday 2 - 3:30 p.m. 

By online registration only | Closed on Major Holidays | Garden open May 15 - October 15

2500 4th Street SW Rochester, MN 55902 | (507) 282-5202

Charles E. Gagnon Museum & Sculpture Garden is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. © 2020