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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  • We visited here with my toddler and friend with another young toddler. This museum has an amazingly large children’s area. It’s free to enter (donations requested). There are so many fun things to exp...  more »
  • The facility is very well kept and there are some absolutely astounding pieces! The staff is very friendly. There is also a beautiful outdoor veranda that is perfect for family picnics! Be sure to bri...  more »
  • This museum has a great collection of arts and historical collections. The museum has a collection of the history of Alabama during its most troubling times and the growth of what makes Alabama the gr...  more »
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  • Artworks Exhibition for Children sponsored by Montgomery's Junior League is just as enjoyable today in my adulthood as it was when it first opened in my childhood. I love taking kids for their first visit & seeing the surprise & excitement in their eyes as they turn each corner...and the motion screen room is clearly my STILL top attraction in my book!!! Thank you, Ladies of the Junior League, for your continued support of such a worthy & wonderfully fun cause!!!
  • I went yesterday with my mother and my child. We were followed by a security guard a yard or two away the entire time. She was constantly giving us dirty looks and making my family very uncomfortable while we walked through, usually standing in the exact direction we were going. Her never ending glare at my family prevented her from noticing a group of teenagers touching the paintings right in front of us, so another security guard had to pick up her slack. After her incessant following that same security guard decided it would be appropriate to make comments about my family to another guard. We were respectful of the art, the rules, and the other patrons and have no clue why this guard, "Willow Flannen" (the name they gave us), chose to harass my family the entire time.
  • My daughter and granddaughter and I visited the museum. My granddaughter was walking without holding her mother's hand and the security guard stated to my daughter (in a very hostile manner) that my granddaughter can not walk around on her own without being restrained. We said we understood, and corrected the concern by having her hold onto the stroller and walk next to it. The guard then proceeded to stalk us glaringly hostile from room to room. While she was following us around hate glaring us down, a large group of teenagers were jumping against the walls and handling the art. At this point this guard was so unwelcoming it made us so very uncomfortable, so my daughter said she was going to the kids room so I could finish looking around. While I was looking around, I spoke to another guard about the issue with this guard following us around as if we did something criminal, and she said she'd speak to her. She was very professional, nice, and understanding. I thanked her and walked on. As I was leaving I walked past the aggressive guard and the nice guard who were conversing together. The one with the bad attitude suddenly looks over at me and blurted out "look at how she is looking at me!" while pointing at me. I ended up having to dress this woman down after a heated verbal altercation where she claimed she was doing her job by harassing us and making us feel so uncomfortable and unwelcome. I will never set foot in this museum again unless this is properly addressed, nor will I change my review of the place until that happens. I love art. I enjoy viewing art. Even visiting the Louvre and inadvertently stepping too close to a rare painting I've never been treated so badly by a guard. I wish I could comment about the art collection because it was all lost in this awful experience.
  • My daughter and I love this place!! Art for the grown ups plus a place for the kids that is all hands on. Outside is beautiful and you can feed ducks and geese. Awesome place for a picnic on the lawn!!
  • Our museum is outstanding! It features art from well known artists from many time periods all over the world. The Blount collection has some of my favorite pieces. There are works by John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Stuart Davis. The Weil Collection even has Rembrandt works. There are also many primitive works. The children's area is engaging for all ages. And the food at their cafe is excellent! There are many events each season to coincide with the new exhibitions as well.

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