The Huntsville Museum of Art is located in Huntsville, Alabama. It was founded in August 1970 and set up as the governing body of the Museum Board of the City of Huntsville. Beginning in 1973, the first exhibitions of the future museum took place in public buildings, offices, and on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The Huntsville Museum now has a permanent location and consists of seven galleries with many different exhibitions that change throughout the year. The artworks consist of painting, drawing, prints, ceramics and mixed media. Many national and international artists exhibit their works in the Huntsville Museum of Art, partly as a permanent exhibition or as a traveling exhibition.
In addition to American works of art, there are objects from Asia, Africa and Europe. Up to now there are about 2300 works. However, most of the collection comes from American artists. Today the collection continues to grow with objects from donations and foundations.
There are works by James McNeill Whistler, John French Sloan, Joseph Stella, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. Artists from the Alabama area include Richmond Burton, Nall Hollis, David Parrish and Stephen Rolfe Powell. A Southern photography collection and works with special significance to Huntsville, such as Huntsville watercolor paintings and the Marshall Space Flight Center by Renato Moncini, are part of the museum.
In addition to the exhibitions, the museum offers art classes for children and adults, lectures and musical performances to bring art and people together.
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History the Huntsville Museum of Art
In 1975, the museum opened for the first time in a permanent location in a wing of the Von Braun Civic Center in downtown Huntsville.
In 1980, the Huntsville museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums. In 1982, the Huntsville Museum of Art was expanded, the exhibition area was increased from 570 m² to 800 m².
But in the 1990s the area became too small again and a free-standing building was planned. This is located in Big Spring International Park in Huntsville.
After the City of Huntsville pledged $4 million and raised another $3.4 million in donations. Could the construction be commissioned?
The new Huntsville Museum of Art building opened in 1998. A 4,273 m² exhibition area is now available to visitors. For the big “blockbuster” exhibitions, an approximately 1400 m² gallery space was created.
But the area was still not enough and so in 2006 another extension “Plaza in the Park” was completed in Big Spring International Park. There is a museum shop, the restaurants, the Museum Academy classrooms and the Children’s Community Gallery. An ideal place to look at art while eating or shopping. This increased the area of the museum to 4830 m².
Another expansion The Davidson Center for the Arts opened on November 21, 2010. The new area includes seven new exhibition spaces, the Stender Family Education Galleries, four new special event facilities and an adjacent parking lot for easy access to the museum.
Entry to the Huntsville Museum
Admission to the Huntsville Museum of Art is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-11 years old and free for children under 6 years old. Admission is $5 every Thursday after 5pm!
When special exhibitions are running there may be a small surcharge.
Huntsville Museum of Art opening hours
The Huntsville Museum of Art is open on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday it is closed. Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed during the long holidays.
Current exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama
Academy Instructors Work
August 17, 2013 – January 11, 2014
Memories of World War II
August 3 – September 29, 2013
Connections: Gary Chapman / Carolyn Sherer
MAY 18 – September 29, 2013
Looking to the Collection: People, Places & Things
Due October 13, 2013
Directions & parking at the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is located in beautiful Big Spring International Park in downtown Huntsville, on the corner of Church Street and Williams Street. There is a car park attached to the museum, but if it is crowded there is also paid parking on Church Street and Williams Street.
Address of the Huntsville Museum of Art attraction in Alabama
Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street Southwest
Huntsville, AL 35801