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The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr., will be hosting three unique events in the coming weeks, offering visitors a variety of ways to engage at the museum.

On Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., the popular Night Out at MMAM returns. This event is purely social; it is an opportunity for a date night, a night out with friends, or to meet new people while enjoying the museum over cocktails and snacks. Night Out at MMAM offers museum goers a relaxed social environment to experience the museum’s amazing collections and exhibitions. Admission is $11 and includes your first drink. No RSVPs are required. Looking for childcare while enjoying Night Out at MMAM?

Drop your kids off in the Oberton Education Room at MMAM, to eat pizza, play and create from 5:30 to 7 p.m. RSVP is required for childcare and is $5 per child. Register for childcare by calling 507-474-6626 by May 19, or email jheukeshoven@mmam.org.

Join Preston Cook for a book signing of the new title, “American Eagle: A Visual History of Our National Emblem,” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. In 2018, MMAM hosted an exhibition featuring eagles in American culture from the collection of Preston Cook and the National Eagle Center. Cook has recently published an extensive book featuring some of the over 25,000 items in his collection. No admission required for this event, and the book will be available for purchase in the MMAM Store.

Minnesota artist Alec Soth is one of the most celebrated, awarded and acclaimed photographers working today. His award-winning book and exhibition, “Sleeping by the Mississippi,” on display now at MMAM, explores the landscape of the Mississippi River and people living along its banks. Soth will lead a talk on Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 7 p.m., titled “From Here to There,” where he will discuss his work and his evolution as an artist. There will be a book signing to follow.

The event is free thanks to the generous support of Ernest and Sally Micek in memory of W.B. “Bill” Gautch. Space is limited, registration is required by calling 507-474-6626 or emailing dcasey@mmam.org.

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