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Address: 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Phone Number: +1 706-542-4662
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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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Great museum–it's free and easy to get to

The Georgia Museum of Art is on the Univ. of Georgia Campus in Athens. It's fairly easy to get to. You buzz in to go through a gate and park, all free. The museum is not huge, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Braselton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Georgia Museum of Art is on the Univ. of Georgia Campus in Athens. It's fairly easy to get to. You buzz in to go through a gate and park, all free. The museum is not huge, but the exhibits were exceptional. They have both permanent and traveling exhibits. When we went they had an exceptional exhibit of Samurai warrior... More 

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

We're happy that you and your young visitor enjoyed the museum! Our official parking area is the Performing Arts Center (PAC) parking deck, which is located at the rear of lot E11 off River Road. The gated lot is always available for handicapped parking and customers of our Museum Shop. Come back soon! More 

Bellingham, Washington
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love Athens, Georgia a beautiful town, easy to walk around. The Art museum is fantastic, great staff and fantastic furniture, paintings, baskets, pottery and Schoolgirl Samplers. The campus is beautiful and fun to walk around. A must see.

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

We were thrilled to host the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) symposium, and to welcome new visitors to the museum. Thank you for sharing your impressions of Athens, the university campus and the museum! More 

Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always interesting. The Georgia Museum of Art has a large collection of its own, and curators who welcome traveling shows. Generally Saturdays welcome families. Check schedule to see what's current.

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

Thank you for encouraging others to visit the museum and including a mention of our family programming. Our main family event is the free monthly Family Day — with a specialized gallery guide focusing on a different theme each month, an art making activity in the classrooms, a book reading area and a photo booth. The schedule is at georgiamuseum.org,... More 

Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum isn't in Atlanta or any suburb of Atlanta, it's at the University of Georgia, Athens. The permanent collection (like American Band collection) is amazing and the temporary exhibits are very worthwhile. I was there when they exhibited "Samurai: The Way of the Warrior".

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

Thanks for sharing your good experience at the museum! Yes, we are at UGA where we share the mission for teaching, research and outreach — and we're also the official state museum of art, and serve all of Georgia and beyond. We'll have all new shows up in the next few weeks if you are able to visit again this... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped here for an hour in between dive meet sessions at the nearby Ramsey Student Center. I enjoy art museums in general, and found the permanent art collection to be interesting and a bit surprising. I viewed noteworthy portraits by Gerald Brookhurst, George Cooke and George Henry Hall; two smaller oils by Albert Bierstadt (reference paintings for later works);... More 

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

A great set of stairs just outside the museum to run the kids and get out their wiggles before/after. Benches and grass outside for a picnic too. Nice, clean, free museum. Check out the great FAMILY DAY activities they offer. I would allow 1 hour for museum. It's small but interesting.

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

We’re glad to hear your report on the family-friendly nature of the Georgia Museum of Art. Thank you for posting your review! More 

Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Went to visit embroidery exhibit on Georgia samplers, and was pleasantly surprised by the samarai exhibit. Art was well displayed with friendly and helpful docents--both at the information desk and in the gallery rooms. Permanent collection has less well-known works by famous artists (e.g., Renoir) which are always delightful to see.

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Thank MB219
GMOA, Public Relations Manager at Georgia Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for mentioning the help you received from our front desk staff and gallery monitors. More 

Southport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Went for the Samurai show but we were sucked into the depth and breadth of their permanent collection. Samurai collection was well-curated and lit, as well as informative. The rooms were a perfect size to roam without missing anything. But who woulda thunk that there were hidden Bonnet's, Cassat' and Renoirs??!!! Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass??!! Will go back again... More 

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

Repeat visits to museums' permanent collections are always advisable — but ours will be especially worthwhile after a major reinstallation of the collection, to be engaged this summer. Come back for that and the always-changing exhibitions to come! More 

Athens, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

About once a year usually in the fall, the GMOA has a spectacular exhibition. This year's is: Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. Beautifully done, excellent explanations. I've seen it twice and wish I had time to see it again before it closes Jan. 3. I wish the spotlights at the base of some pieces would be turned on--it would... More 

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

We are so sorry about the lack of benches in “Samurai: The Way of the Warrior.” In future, know that you can ask any member of the museum staff, guards included, to find you a camp stool on which to rest and contemplate. Stools are stored underneath the large benches. Thank you for your review, we're glad that you enjoyed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

It doesn't take long to go through this museum, but it's worth a visit. There's no particular in-depth focus for the permanent collection, and surprisingly little Southern, African-American, or Folk art considering the location of the University. The special collection on Samurai Warriors was nicely done (but it's temporary). Parking and entrance to the museum is free. Nothing special for... More 

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

Thanks for visiting. We only show about 8 to 10 percent of our permanent collection at a time, so we have a lot more folk art and works by African American artists that aren’t on display at the moment. We also have free backpack tours full of activities for kids that you can check out from the front desk. Since... More 

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