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Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
+1 706-542-4662
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Athens
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Georgia Museum of Art is the official state museum of art, is located on the University of...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Georgia Museum of Art is the official state museum of art, is located on the University of Georgia campus, and admission is free. The museum presents works from the permanent collection as well as frequent temporary exhibitions from other institutions or generated in-house. Educational programming includes tours, a monthly family day, teen studios, films series and lectures. Four research centers, a library, a vibrant student internship program and course work provide additional educational benefits and opportunities for scholarship and research. Quarterly receptions, student night and DJ parties combine socializing with art appreciation. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1–5 p.m. Ike & Jane Café at the Georgia Museum of Art: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The museum is closed on major US holidays. Mission statement: The Georgia Museum of Art shares the mission of the University of Georgia to support and to promote teaching, research, and service. Specifically, as a repository and educational instrument of the visual arts, the museum exists to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art.

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Athens, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This world class museum is perfect for families, date nights, or a coffee date with a friend. Ike & Jane have a small coffee shop on-site with treats for sale. Admission is always free and it's easy to spend a few hours enjoying this beautiful space and exceptional art collection. Check their calendar online - they have tons of events... More 

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Watkinsville, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It is wonderful living in a college town when you aren't part of the college. This is a great art museum. We've hosted conferences where people stayed at the Georgia Center (another gem) after flying into Atlanta and coming to Athens. Walking down the street to this great museum is special for them, as it is for us.

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

Your comments are very welcome as you appreciate the museum from the standpoint of a local, but also see how the museum can be an attraction for visitors — the best of both worlds! Thank you for taking the time to share your insight. We hope your review will encourage others to visit this free museum. More 

Athens, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This museum is not the University of Georgia Museum. It's the Georgia Museum for the whole state. Thus, it offers much, much more than one might expect. And with the new addition, the exhibition space has almost doubled!

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

We’re glad you liked the museum! It is the official state museum of art, and it is art for Georgia, not just art from Georgia. Come back in the months to come for jewelry, samurai warrior artifacts, Mexican political graphics, American photography, UGA MFA student work and other temporary exhibitions — alongside a sizable presentation from the permanent collection. Admission... More 

Bulgaria
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is the official state art museum of the state of Georgia, and is located on the campus of the University of Georgia, close to the Ramsey SPorts center, where some 1996 Olimpic events took place. The museum just built a new wing and a plazza connects it to the art school.

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mlachowski, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the museum on TripAdvisor — we’re glad you enjoyed our high art! And it’s nice you mentioned our proximity to the newish location of the Lamar Dodd School of Art; a combo visit can be had if visiting during business hours Tue–Fri when both venues are open. More 

Schaefferstown
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58 reviews 58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Visited here with family and enjoyed seeing the expanded museum. The folk art, Newcomb pottery exhibit, and local furniture/pottery space were really excellent. Admission is by donation, but after you see what is on exhibit here, you will want to give more.

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mlachowski, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Georgia Museum of Art. Thank you for your review and encouragement for visitors to make a donation! Come back when you can and see what's new. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had kept my expectations reserved when visiting the museum but I was pleasantly surprised. The museum is housed in a modern designed building that is attractive from the exterior and interior so it makes a good impression from the beginning. It was also much larger than I had anticipated. Upon entering you pass the light filled and airy lobby... More 

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the museum — it often is a surprise to visitors once they discover the building, permanent collection and exhibitions — and we look forward to your return whenever you're in Athens! Our official parking area is the Performing Arts Center (PAC) parking deck, which is located at the rear of... More 

Water Valley, Mississippi
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My husband and I spent a couple of hours at the art museum. It was a very nice surprise to find such a nice museum on campus; the Sophie Newcomb pottery exhibit was a special treat.

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for sharing your reaction on TripAdvisor! We're glad you enjoyed the Newcomb pottery show and the museum. Please visit again; you can stay abreast of our exhibitions if you wish by subscribing to our email brief or following our social media. Thank you. More 

Decatur, Georgia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
63 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

As many reviews note, this museum does not have a high profile. Yet, for a small museum, it has an extraordinary collection, and a very aggressive program of providing special showings. Whenever I am in Athens, I make it a point to visit. If you are a first time visitor to Athens, this is one of the places you should... More 

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you for helping to "unhide the treasure" with your thoughtful review. We're glad the museum is a regular Athens stop for you. You may wish to sign up for our weekly email brief or follow us on social media to stay informed. See you again soon, we hope! More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour here, there was so much to see from Masters to Modern, and included some beautiful displays of furniture and rugs. I would love to go back when I have more time to "absorb"!

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're pleased to hear you enjoyed the variety at the Georgia Museum of Art! Come back when you can; our exhibitions are changing every 12 weeks or so, there's usually something new to experience. Thanks for visiting and for sharing your reaction on Trip Advisor. More 

Demorest, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I am a student at UGA and walk by the museum regularly. I had no idea what a gem I have passed up all this time! The special exhibit of Carroll Cloar paintings was fantastic, and the little I saw of the permanent collection was enough to make me want to return ASAP!

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GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

We're thrilled that you had such a great experience at the Georgia Museum of Art and appreciate you sharing your reaction with a review! It's a shame that so many people pass by and don't come in, we're glad you did — and that you intend to return. With our changing temporary exhibitions, a visit every 3 months will help... More 

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