Founded in 1930 by local artists and art patrons, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest and first accredited art museum in the state of Alabama. In 1960, the Museum became a department of the City of Montgomery and in 1983 Montgomery County joined the City as an equal funding partner, sharing 2/3 of the institution¹s operating costs. A successful partnership of public and private commitment to the arts in Montgomery has assured the future of one of the South¹s premier cultural resources.
Originally housed in a former school and later sharing a building with the Public Library, the Museum opened its current facility in the Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park in 1988. Two large additions later, the extensive galleries and educational facilities provide ample room for the more than 155,000 visitors who enjoy the collections, programs and temporary exhibitions every year. There is no admission fee.
Noted for the quality of its American art, Old Master prints, Southern Regional art, and a growing Decorative Arts collection, the Museum supplements the permanent collection with traveling exhibitions in all media. Volunteer docents, under the guidance of staff educators, tour groups of children from schools in Montgomery County as well as those brought to Montgomery from surrounding communities and surrounding states. Pre- and post-tour visits to the classrooms maximize the experience and extend the creative opportunities and cultural lessons learned. Art Education is also provided to youth-at-risk at sites throughout the City. The large ARTWORKS interactive gallery, with exhibitions based on works in the permanent collection, is a magnet for children of all ages.
Visitors also enjoy sculptural works on the Museum¹s thirty-five acre property. The building¹s Palladian architecture is reflected in a lake which is home to a variety of waterfowl. Of special note is the Cappy Thompson window, commissioned for installation in the Margaret Berry Lowder Gallery of the 2006 Education Wing expansion.
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Donations will support the Museum¹s exhibition, education and acquisition programs, which are funded by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association through memberships, events, and grants.
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