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“A really nice art gallery and music venue in the Central Valley” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arte Americas

Arte Americas
1630 Van Ness, Fresno, CA 93721
559-266-2623
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Ranked #5 of 6 Shopping in Fresno
Visalia, California
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“A really nice art gallery and music venue in the Central Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Honestly, we just Googled "things to do in Fresno" and ended up being one of the things that came up. My wife wanted to take our 9 year old son to visit a museum, and when we searched for a gallery Artes America came up again.

Parking was free, although a little tricky to figure out for our first time there (we ended up going in through the "exit only"driveway when parking.) Once we got inside it was a real treat. There were some surprisingly nice exhibits with some really impressive artwork.
The lady who greeted us at the door was very friendly, gave us a quick overview of the exhibits on view, and was sure to remind us where the restrooms were, which my wife greatly appreciated I might add.

There were quite a few couples and some other families walking around the galleries and we ended up getting an unexpected personalized tour by a gallery employee named Freddy. He even recommended a coffee shop in the nearby Tower District (which is pretty much Fresno's SoHo) as well as a couple of places to choose from to grab a bite to eat. There was also apparently a music event happening later that night, but we didn't get a chance to come back after dinner.

A final note is that the admission was free, which is a huge plus when finding fun or interesting things to do with a kid in tow. In the event that he wasn't thrilled, we wouldn't be out a penny. My wife put a ten dollar bill in their donation box on the way out and our son was entertained the whole time. I would bring people here if they were visiting from out of town and wanted to see what Fresno had to offer in terms of art museums.

Visited January 2012
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