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Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery

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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is a museum located in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, featuring several art collections. The permanent collection includes examples of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculpture, Southern regional art, Old Master prints and decorative arts. It is also home to ARTWORKS, a participatory art gallery and studio for children.The current building was designed by the Montgomery architectural firm of Barganier, Davis, and Sims and opened in 1988. An addition was completed in 1993.HistoryThe Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1930 with the mission "to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of its public." The museum is the oldest fine arts museum in Alabama and was the first museum in Alabama to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in June 1978. The museum moved to its current home in the Blount Cultural Park, in 1988. The museum's permanent collection consists of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper that represent the work of artists of national as well as regional reputation. The core of the American collection is the Blount Collection of American Art, a group of forty-one paintings that includes works by John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer. The MMFA has a collection of Old Master prints, including works by Rembrandt, Dürer, and Whistler. The museum hosts a broad range of temporary exhibitions with art from international and American collections as well as works by contemporary artists.
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  • This museum is located far from the center but worth visiting if you have extra time in Montgomery. Interesting permanent collection and special exhibits.  more »
  • A little off the beaten path if your main reason for visiting Montgomery is civil rights-based but seek out this museum. The property itself is gorgeous, there is no entry fee, and the collection is w...  more »
  • This is a nice way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Frequently rotating and interesting exhibits, great little cafe for brunches, and lots of wonderful art classes offered as well! Love this place. Oh, ...  more »
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  • They have a great interactive children's area and the volunteers are always friendly and helpful. Lots of engaging areas for children of all ages to get hands on and learn more about art and history, either through guided or self-led tours. I especially love that it is free admission.
  • I have not been to the museum in at least 9 years, and I forgot how great this place is! Thoroughly impressed with the expansion to the kids area, took my 4 year old nephew for his first trip. Guards were extremely friendly. I'm so proud that my city has this amazing, constant, piece of culture. I love the sense of peace it always lends as well.
  • Was invited by a friend to join his family and I was really impressed. It's nice to have an option like this here in town. Definitely will have to come back - especially bring guests from out of town. Exhibits are well displayed. A good break from looking at a computer or screen to have an experience.
  • This place is great for well-behaved kids. There are lots of hands-on activities for kids of all ages. They offer a lot of great youth art summer camps for decent prices.
  • One of my favorite museums! Art selection isn't very big and very few exhibit rotations, but includes a great small performance venue and child friendly area.