Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton

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The Smith College Museum of Art, connected with the well-known Smith College, is a prominent art museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is considered to be one of the most impressive college museums in the country. The museum is best known for its remarkable compilation of American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries, including superb works by Edgar Degas, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Albert Bierstadt, John Singer Sargent and others. First established in 1879, the collection has expanded to include nearly 25,000 works of art, including a diverse collection of non-Western art. It is also a member of the Museums10 collective, a consortium of art, science, and history museums in Western Massachusetts. The SCMA serves as an important cultural and educational resource for the communities of Smith College, the Five College Consortium, and the town of Northampton.Building historyThe Brown Fine Arts Center, which opened in 2003 after a two-year, $35 million building renovation, now houses the art library, Art Department, and the Smith College Museum of Art. Designed by the New York City-based Polshek Partnership Architects (now known as Ennead Architects, the 164,000-gross-square-foot (15,236m²) building metaphorically and physically links the college with its neighboring community.
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  • It was a spur of the moment visit. We had gone to Hungry Ghost Bread, down the hill, and spotted the museum. I thought it was free since most of the college museums around here are. Not... $5 for adul...  more »
  • This college art museum is a wonderful reflection of alumni donated and curated pieces. It's history goes back to the 19th C when the college art instructor, Tryon left his personal collection and wor...  more »
  • We always enjoy visiting art museums on college campuses and had a nice experience at this museum. It is a nice size and the exhibit was very nice. Walking the campus is also very special.  more »
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  • Well laid out, interesting exhibits that were well designed for interactive viewing, reasonable entrance fees, friendly/professional staff. Be sure to visit the artist-decorated bathrooms on the lower level!
  • Major College Art museum in a modern building with good light and flowing spaces over multiple floors. Their permanent collection offers an overview of Western art from ancient times onward and is supplemented by an active program of special exhibitions. While not at the level of the museums at say Yale or Princeton, Smith nonetheless is worth a stop. They have a small gift shop, but no (longer a) cafe.
  • I had a delightful visit here a few the years ago. Not only was the staff friendly and helpful , When they found out we were visiting from out of state they stayed open late so we could finish viewing a gallery !
  • Rude staff. Should look into employing college students instead. Will awkwardly follow you around and make viewing art a very unpleasant experience. Amhest College's Mead Museum and UMass' Contemporary art museum are much much better.
  • Time well spent!
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