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William King Museum of Art

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Address: 415 Academy Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone Number: +1 276-628-5005
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The William King Museum of Art is a non-profit regional art museum and arts...

The William King Museum of Art is a non-profit regional art museum and arts education center housed in a historic 1913 former school. It is the only facility of its kind and Virginia's only nationally accredited museum west of Roanoke. An average of 9 exhibitions are mounted each year, showcasing art of the region and of the world.

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Fun, funky little museum

Took my husband to Abingdon for the weekend. We stopped at the King Museum of Art to pass some time. It is located at the top of a hill just off the main drag in town. Amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Lisa S
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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Took my husband to Abingdon for the weekend. We stopped at the King Museum of Art to pass some time. It is located at the top of a hill just off the main drag in town. Amazing view! They have a interesting assortment of art, which made for a pleasant visit. We had the place to ourselves, which was nice.... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The King museum is the former high school. It has rotating exhibits and is home to some resident artists. We had a great conversation with the resident sculptor who does some amazing work in terms of busts as well as a portrait artist whom we found very informative. The museum is worth a visit just to see their work space... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This museum is in a former high school building. There are three different displays. On the first floor there are two small displays of some very nice pieces, mostly paintings. On the second floor there is a display of more modern art in multi media.

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Thank Kevin R
Arlington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is a surprisingly sophisticated museum in the tiny Abingdon in so southwest Virginia. The museum is located in a historic early 1900s school which offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains. Galleries currently are showing arts of Africa and also exhibits of illustrator/writer Lucy Herndon Crockett, a native of this area. There also is a gallery showing local artists'... More 

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Abingdon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This little museum can hold its own against any large city museum.With two designated gallery spaces on the main floor, each with two large display areas, and a large gallery on the second floor with a featured hallway gallery as well, William King Museum of Art has state of the art exhibits and displays. The variety at any one time... More 

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Damascus, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I've visited here several times and I am always impressed by the exhibits and the friendly staff. There is always something new to see. The museum is housed in a unique building with beautiful grounds and outdoor sculpture installations. It is definitely one of my favorite things about Abingdon.

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Thank Sarah J
Abingdon, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Interesting mix of traveling shows and local artists, with a pretty impressive variety for such a small town. The museum had recently gone to free (!) admission, which makes it a great value. It's up on a big hill, so there are gorgeous views of Abingdon and the mountains, but I wouldn't recommend trying to walk from downtown, since the... More 

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Thank Amanda L
Southwest Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

While we went to the older museum, I understand it is merging with the arts center at the Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The museum contained interesting historical information regarding Abingdon and a great pottery exhibition.

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Thank Gail81
Glade Spring, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

As a Civil War reenactor I have seen many displays about that time period. This was one of the best. There was a good variety of subject matter and one of the displays even made me feel as if I were in the midst of battle.

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Thank Randy G
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Realy great exhibit, staff and artist very friendly and knowledgeable. It was snowing outside so we came here by chance.

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