The High Museum of Art is a fantastic work of architecture, especially the 3rd floor galleries. Unfortunately the art still doesn’t measure up to the building. The $18 admission fee is outrageous, and $3.75 per hour/$12 daily parking is also unreasonable. MARTA is a better option with free parking at Lindbergh station just 5 minutes away and a station at the museum. The museum allows photography (except special exhibitions) but they make you sign a draconian statement swearing not to profit or post image on the internet.
The museum itself is confusing with three separate buildings that are only connected at the “skyway” level. Each building does have elevators and stairwells, but except for the original “Stent Wing” they can be difficult to find. Restrooms are also well hidden.
I specifically went for the John Portman exhibition which was good, but could have been so much better. The models were outstanding, but I was hoping to see more history, more drawings of early concepts and more details on his projects. So many of Portman’s buildings are closed to the general public (like the Atlanta marts), it would have been great to see pictures of these buildings. Also, I would have liked to have seen more from the building owners on how well the buildings work and on renovations and expansions. The current Westin Peachtree Plaza window replacement wasn’t even mentioned.
The Da Vinci exhibit was fascinating, but they don’t warn you that most of these drawings are so small and so faint, they are almost impossible to see. Viewing them in books or the internet is actually better, though they do have some blow ups posted and enhanced, and they provide magnifying glasses to help.
If there is a special exhibit you really want to see, then the High is the place to go, otherwise it isn’t worth the admission fee.
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