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Georgia Museum of Art

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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 way to beat the heat

I didn't think I was interested in modern art. One trip here proved I was wrong. I loved it. I learned so much. My husband and I dodged scorching summer heat and meandered through... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jill M
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Rydal, Georgia
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Rydal, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn't think I was interested in modern art. One trip here proved I was wrong. I loved it. I learned so much. My husband and I dodged scorching summer heat and meandered through the many galleries, taking our time, and turning our visit into a romantic date. We discussed what we liked, the amazing processes in creating the pieces... More 

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

You hit on two great features of the Georgia Museum of Art! We show all kinds of art (including contemporary art), and it's a wonderful refuge when the weather isn't comfortable or conducive to outdoor activities. It's nice to hear that your visit was such a pleasant surprise. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tragically, when I went to the Museum it had an entire wing being redone so the non-modern art wasn't available for viewing. There were objects (furniture, etc.) out that were pretty interesting, but I'm not into modern 'art' so that wing was lost on me. I liked enough of what I saw to consider going back, if I ever have... More 

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

We apologize that half of our permanent collection wing was closed when you visited. The reinstallation of our collection that we are undertaking is so comprehensive that it would not have been possible to do it in stages — hence the temporary closing. Please consider another visit if you are able, we think you will be impressed! More 

Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent academic museum, showing mostly newer works, no antiquities. I would say it's on a par with Princeton or Rutgers. Until 8/07/16 there is a very nice Exhibition of 32 pieces from the Mason collection of wood art. There's a nice gift shop, and I believe there's no admission.

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

Thank you for sharing your impressions of the Georgia Museum of Art. Our permanent collection is currently being reinstalled, and when open in August 2016 it will present works ranging from 1300s to the present. Yes, there is no admission charge! More 

athens, georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum's permanent collection is wonderful and the visiting exhibits can be very fine. It is not a large museum so you can visit without feeling overwhelmed as in many museums. There are lots of lectures and family activities on offer. There is a coffee shop and a lovely gift shop.

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

We appreciate your nice summary of what the museum offers! Note to visitors in summer 2016: the American and European painting section of our permanent collection is closed until late August for a major reinstallation — but our decorative arts galleries are open! And we have a very robust temporary exhibition open all summer, "Paper in Profile: Mixografia and Taller... More 

Milledgeville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to the GMOA many times. It always has something new to share. Great art, knowledgable staff and perfect spot to spend an afternoon or evening.

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

So well said, thank you! More 

Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were able to visit this museum as part of a college tour for our daughter. It is beautiful inside and out, with inspiring exhibits and plenty of space. Specializing in arts and crafts, it's a must see if you are interested in folk art.

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

It's great to hear you visited while here on a college tour. We hope that if your daughter enrolls here that you'll all visit again and again. More 

Savannah, Ga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Art museums....I can never get enough of. Wish there were more!! Easy to enjoy, lots to see. Laid out in a regal walkabout with nice guards, beautiful art and notes to help us understand the "who", "when", "where", "how", and "why". A haven on a hot day. A gem of a place!

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

Wow, you have a great attitude about art museums — and we share your enthusiasm. Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience! More 

Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Really neat museum with interesting figures and paintings. Perfect for a simple day out or rainy day.

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

Thanks for your review. You're right — the museum is an excellent refuge on a hot, humid day, a rainy or cold day, or just to find some peace and inspiration. Visit again soon since our exhibitions are always changing. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

I have been to Athens a lot over the years, but this was the first time going here. I was pleasantly surprised. They had some great travelling exhibits and also some great works in their permanent collection. Next time I am in Athens, I will have to check it out again and see what exhibits are going on.

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

Thanks for sharing your experience at the museum. Yes, please do visit again — our temporary exhibitions are always changing so you will surely see something new. More 

Athens, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I am always skeptical about art venues because they are notoriously boring. Georgia Museum of Art is not. There is an incredible variety of small, medium, large, and gigantic pieces of artwork that keeps you captivated. The walk to the building is beautiful and, once in, the nicest people will greet you and explain where everything in the gallery is.... More 

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

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed all aspects of your visit to the museum and we've shared your review with our entire staff. Come back when you can! More 

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