The Huntsville Museum of Art is a renowned facility that provides numerous exhibits to the public. It's located in Big Spring International Park in the heart of Huntsville, Alabama.
It's the foremost museum on art in the area and well worth a visit. The museum offers traveling exhibits but also's home to numerous permanent displays. In addition, both children and adults can learn through the educational programs and tours available throughout the year.
A look back at the history of the museum shows that the idea was planned on August 13th, 1970. At that time, the Museum Board of the City of Huntsville was established. It would be another three years before the facility opened with its first exhibition.
Later, the museum moved to a new facility, the Von Braun Center in 1975. The museum moved to the Big Spring Park in March of 1998 and is still located there today for all visitors to tour it.
The museum building is quite large, with more than 52,000 square feet. There's 15,000 square feet of gallery space located throughout the building for visitors to explore.
The art museum has a large collection from a variety of styles and eras. More than 25,000 pieces are in the museums permanent collection.
It's divided into two sections, American Art and Regional Art is housed in the first area. The second area contains pieces with Asian, European and African influences.
You will find pieces from a variety of artists here, including:
There are many other artist's collections available as well.
In addition to well-known artists from around the world, visitors are also able to enjoy the collections of some of the most prominent of Huntsville locals including Richmond Burton, David Parrish, Nall Hollis and Stephen Rolfe Powell. If you wish to see local pieces, this is the best place to find them.
The Huntsville Museum of Art also contains a wide range of items such as a large photography collection, and watercolors done by Renato Moncini who worked with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center. There are glassware pieces from China and African sculptures, too.
Something will intrigue just about everyone who visits the beautiful Huntsville Art Museum.