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

About the Collection

Believing in the importance of object-centered learning, the Goldstein sisters brought examples of good design to their classrooms. These included ceramics by the Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis, Tiffany metalwork, Rookwood pottery, Pueblo pottery, and Navajo rugs and blankets. This collection plus donations from other faculty and alumni became the core of GMD’s collection.

An important gift in 1978 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of The Fashion Group International formed the foundation of GMD’s premier designer fashion collection, now containing the work of internationally prominent designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Issey Miyake, Norman Norrell, and Isaac Mizrahi.

In 1996, the museum's teaching ability was enhanced by the formation of a Research Center. Storage has also expanded to accommodate a growing collection, now numbering almost 34,000 objects. In 2005, with the formation of the College of Design, GMD became a college-level unit and gained responsibility for the exhibition program in Rapson Hall’s HGA Gallery in addition to the exhibition and collections programs in McNeal Hall.

For information on obtaining high resolution images of collection objects, please call 612-625-2737 or email

Viewing Objects

To view actual objects from the collection, call 612-625-2737 or email to make an appointment. Appointments must be scheduled one to two weeks in advance.


The Goldstein encourages and welcomes donations to its permanent collections.



Digital photography of the collection has been funded by generous individuals and by grants from:



Contact Information

Goldstein Museum of Design

364 McNeal Hall,

1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-624-7434 |

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