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Address: 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Phone Number: +1 706-542-4662
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Description: The Georgia Museum of Art is the official state museum of art, is located...
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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Every visit to the Georgia Museum of Art is different because their expertly curated exhibits rotate often. This family friendly venue hosts special Family Days monthly. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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Athens, Georgia, United States
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Every visit to the Georgia Museum of Art is different because their expertly curated exhibits rotate often. This family friendly venue hosts special Family Days monthly. The staff members are both profession and friendly. While there is no admission charge, I usually take some cash and leave a small donation. I highly recommend the GMOA to anyone who enjoys all... More 

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Rolle, Switzerland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

I was there during a Pierre Daura exhibition (I didn't know him at all) and his stuff was arranged in an engaging way that presented the artist arrestingly. The light and space in this building is incredibly effective. Staff were falling over themselves to enhance my visit - not just to the gallery, but the whole area.

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

We're so pleased to hear your response to your visit at the museum. Your praise of our front line staff is wonderful to hear and motivating for the staff. Thank you, please visit again if you're in the area! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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184 reviews 184 reviews
56 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

First of all there is a definite issue with parking. The museum website advises that there is no free daytime visitor parking except for those with disabilities. The museum is on the UGA campus which presents issues with traffic as well. So even if the art presented were all top notch, it is not readily accessible unless you are a... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback. As a part of UGA, the museum has little control over its parking arrangements. Fortunately, we also receive many benefits from our presence on campus, including that large population of student visitors, whom we hope develop a lifelong love of museums. We are working on a mobile version of our website that will,... More 

Athens, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Georgia Museum is a beautiful structure filled with wonderfully curated exhibits that rotate often. Family days are held monthly. College student events mixing music and the visual arts are particularly attractive and draw large crowds. Staff members are friendly. Open without charge, but donations are appreciated. There's always something going on! Highly recommend.

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

Wow, thank you! We couldn't have said it better ourselves — as you identified many of the features that we believe make this museum a valuable asset for our community, the state and beyond. Thanks for the recommendation, please continue to visit. And given your keen insight, please alert us if you find any areas we should improve on. More 

hiram
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Being a fashion design major I was looking forward to the Emillo Pucci exhibit. Once I arrived to the exhibit I was immediately followed by the guard. I'm aware that security needs to be in place but the way he kept returning to the exhibit I felt as though I was a criminal. I like to look and linger and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your feedback, and we apologize for the less than perfect nature of your experience. We are always striving to create a more welcoming environment, complete with customer-service training for our front-line employees. Photographs (no flash) of objects that belong to us are always allowed without prior permission. Objects on loan usually and unfortunately come with... More 

Athens, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Brand new facility, wide diversity of items on display, very nice gift shop, and best of all, it's free! They frequently rotate exhibits, so it's worth visiting often. They have activities for families and children. Great indoors activity on unpleasant weather days. I routinely visit major museums in NYC, LA, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, etc, and this little museum stands very... More 

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

Thank you for your review of the museum and for highlighting the benefit of visiting often. With our changing temporary exhibitions, a periodic visitor will usually encounter something new. A recent expansion and renovation means we can also keep many objects from the permanent collection on display. Yes, it's a great place to come when the weather is too hot,... More 

ATL, GA
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123 reviews 123 reviews
44 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A wonderful art museum in Athens on the campus of the University of GA. We have visited many, many times and are always pleased. Admission is free (donations happily accepted) as is parking in the adjacent parking deck. The crowds here are very small, giving you plenty of time and viewing space for the art pieces here. There are always... More 

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

We appreciate your thoughtful review of the Georgia Museum of Art, and for pointing out that the exhibitions are always changing. We wish to remark on one item: our official parking area is the Performing and Visual Arts Center parking deck (PAC deck), and it is not always free. Evenings, weekends and when classes are not in session at UGA... More 

Athens, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

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

Thank you for taking the time to point out so many features of our museum — an excellent introduction to what the museum offers. We should point out that the wonderful Ike & Jane Café is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and it closes whenever UGA classes are not in session. Yes, locals should remember to use the museum to... More 

Watkinsville, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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