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San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is an art museum serving 14 counties located in San Angelo, Texas. The museum features a growing permanent collection and is home to traveling exhibitions. In addition it features a research library, an education wing, a rooftop sculpture collection and community meeting space.HistoryIn July 1981, members of the community of San Angelo came together with the goal of creating a museum of fine arts and established a non-profit organization for this purpose. After sufficient funds were raised the museum opened in the renovated former Quartermaster Building at historic Fort Concho in San Angelo. The museum opened at Fort Concho in the spring of 1985 and was home to traveling exhibitions from the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress and the Dallas Museum of Art. In 1994 the decision was made to build a new dedicated building for the museum. Over $7.2 was raised for its construction and the new facility opened on the banks of the Concho River in September, 1999. The museum has won many awards including the National Award for Museum Service from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services in 2003. In 2005 museum gained accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum now averages approximately 90,000 visitors a year. The permanent collection holds 277 items focusing primarily on Texas artists.
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  • The museum offers a great place for business and pleasure events. I love the space and views. For San Angelo, it's can feel upscale or laid back. A cute find in a place where there is not much else. 
  • A very large museum for this size city and some very nice art work with an emphasis on pottery and sculpture. I was not impressed with the paintings. The staff was very cordial and helpful. 
  • This is a wonderful museum. One of the best in the state and perhaps the country. This isn't some small town tourist trap, it's a true world class museum. The staff is outstanding, the exhibits are wo...  read more »
  • The museum is always worth a visit. The exhibits are always interesting and ever changing. The facility is a very interesting building....clean and user friendly. There are several areas of the building which can be reserved for private use such as concerts, meetings, banquets, parties, etc. The staff is always available for info.
  • The building is beautiful, but members of the staff can be disrespectful, if you look younger than 25. One of the employees snapped at me when I picked up a plate I was considering buying from the gift shop. She very rudely told me "don't touch. You might break it and can't afford it if you do". The plate was $25 dollars! If I broke it, I could very easily afford to replace it. That experience left a very bad taste in my mouth. We were there on military day out and I realize we all looked young, but I don't appreciate being talked to like a 5 year old. I don't tolerate age discrimination and will not be returning.
  • This is a fun and super affordable place to visit. Very well maintained and they bring in great exhibits and artists. I wish there was more to see though. If you're not careful, you can blow through the whole museum in 30 minutes.
  • Not recommended for kids. It's more for the artist fanatics than the general public. We were planning on having hands-on experience with the workshops they offer, but it was cancelled for the day so our only option was to see the exhibits. We were in and out in 10 min. The roof top view of the river was my favorite part.
  • Nice, but just too small to spend much time there. Make it a part of an outing downtown to make it worth your time.
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