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Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

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The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions. The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Yard School was recently recognized in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards 2015 as the Favorite Adult Art Class and favorite Art Camp.

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J. Information and directions are available on the Museum website,, or by calling 973-746-5555. MAM is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m., and on the first Thursday night of the month (October–June), from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Museum admission is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Free First Thursday Nights and Free First Fridays are free for everyone. The Store at MAM is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on Free First Thursday Nights.

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the

Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall / The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.
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  • Having an art background, I relish the opportunity to visit museums. Normally, Montclair is not on my radar, as I live on Long Island, but because of the current "Matisse and American Art' exhibit, we...  more »
  • We went to first Thursday. We enjoyed a glass of wine and supper from the vendor trucks outside and sat at one of the small tables with the white table cloth. There was a guitarist playing "Stairway t...  more »
  • Exceeded my expectations! My soon-to-be 5 year old loves drawing and creating so I jumped at the chance to take her to this event. The staff were AMAZING! What a great day to have young people create,...  more »
  • My first time visiting; what a lovely, friendly place! Matisse exhibit was illuminating. Will definitely be returning soon with my husband.
  • Amazing! I spent 2 weeks there for a art scholarship. Best Time I Have Ever Had.
  • Very nice exhibitions and they host many classes and events.
  • Not many art piece at exhibition. It's more of a event hall rental facility. 2 story only. Some hands-on educational programes might worth trying.
  • Free First Thursday Nights are the best. It's a nice, fun, relaxing atmosphere, and its especially great when the Empanada Guys come. I've not been during regular hours, but the exhibits are interesting and during First Thursdays there are so many activities to get involved in. It's just unfortunate that I can never get there before 7, because of work, so I miss a lot of the good activities happening before then.