University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design

Mission, Vision, & Values


Goldstein Museum of Design strengthens and supports the University of Minnesota’s academic mission through direct engagement with designed objects. To realize this, Goldstein Museum of Design:

  • Cultivates object-based teaching, scholarship, and inspiration for students, faculty, and researchers both on and off campus;
  • Develops and stewards a collection of designed objects;
  • Organizes exhibitions, public programs, and educational activities linked to the collection and the curriculum to foster inquiry and share knowledge; and
  • Draws on the resources of a leading research university to serve as a laboratory for interdisciplinary exploration.


VISION:  Goldstein Museum of Design will be a vital center for design learning that inspires problem-solving discovery, scholarship, and creativity across campus.


VALUES: Goldstein Museum of Design celebrates the ability of design to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. As such, the Museum:
  • Supports the mission of the University of Minnesota and the College of Design;
  • Explores and validates diversity;
  • Commits to make the collection accessible in person, print, and electronic media;
  • Values professionalism, service, and ethical standards; and
  • Manages resources prudently.



Jean Paul Gaultier Sunglasses
Metal, 1999
Gift of Paula Harter

Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-624-7434 |

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