The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP)

The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR in St Paul, Minnesota. Established by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2014 St Paul Arts Challenge, the Smallest Museum in St Paul offers a platform to engage and delight customers, LRT Green Line commuters, and pedestrian traffic along University Avenue.

Artists, historians, & makers in all arts disciplines are invited to propose projects to curate the Smallest Museum in St Paul in monthly exhibits. We host a spring and fall deadline each year. Artist-curators are selected through a review process by a panel of 5 community members. The review panel will assign the exhibition month based on artist’s stated availability. Artists can apply more than once, and do not have to be local to meet the application criteria. 

To the right of the coffee shop’s front door, tucked into the facade of the building, is a vintage fire-hose cabinet, viewable from the sidewalk. We have transformed this cabinet into a 2 foot x 3 foot micro-museum. The Smallest Museum in St Paul fosters community engagement through art, to inspire discourse, and establish The SMSP as a destination for art enthusiasts and happen-stance side-walk traffic alike. This project promotes curiosity and appreciation for people and place.