University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

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The University of Michigan Museum of Art, or UMMA in Ann Arbor, Michigan with 94000sqft is one of the largest university art museums in the USA. Built as a war memorial in 1909 for the university's fallen alumni from the Civil War, Alumni Memorial Hall originally housed U-M's Alumni office along with the University's growing art collection.UMMA contains a comprehensive collection that represents more than 150 years at the University, with nearly 19,000 works of art that span cultures, eras, and media. The Museum's displays works by James McNeill Whistler, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Pablo Picasso, Joshua Reynolds, Claude Monet, Max Beckmann, Walker Evans, Randolph Rogers, and Kara Walker, among many others.In the spring of 2009, the Museum reopened after a major $41.9 million expansion and renovation designed by Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture, which more than doubled the size of the Museum. The museum comprises the renovated Alumni Memorial Hall with 41000sqft and the new 53000sqft Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing. The Museum's current director is Joseph Rosa, who was appointed in 2010.
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  • July 22, 2017
    This is a genuinely superb museum on the campus of the University of Michigan. While it regularly hosts exhibitions, reason enough to go is the permanent 20th century collection, spanning several room...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    An impressive museum with a wide collection of arts, antiquities, sculptures and furniture that are beyond an average university museum. The building itself is also well designed with separate wings h...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    The University of Michigan Museum of Art punches way above its weight. Their collection is far, far better than that of any other small museum I have visited. The sculpture and the paintings are aston...  more »
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  • April 3, 2017
    Great museum with a wonderful variety of artists, regions, styles, mediums and periods. May be a little boring for smaller children as there are no hands on or children geared exhibits, just a well designed gallery. Suggested donation for admission is currently $10 per person and is matched by a donor. The jewelry and artwork for sale in the gift shop are to die for. See more pictures on Traveling Martinezes.
  • February 7, 2017
    Cute little gallery. I liked the different areas you could go to. You think it's just one room until you really start walking around. They really do have a lot of galleries. Nice stuff!
  • March 17, 2017
    This is a wonderful museum, which usually has interesting temporary shows, as well as a good permanent collection. We very much enjoyed the exhibit of Japanese wood block prints, and, as always, liked the Havemayer collection of Tiffany glass.
  • December 9, 2016
    One of my favourite places in central campus. Occasionally events are held there with food provided. Enjoy free food and drink in a room full of oil paintings. I saw Monet's painting there and Tiffany's glass decorations.
  • April 20, 2017
    This was a beautiful museum! We spent hours exploring.

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