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Georgia Museum of Art

Address: 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602
Phone Number: +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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 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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17 reviews 17 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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232 reviews 232 reviews
71 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 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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