Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown: Hours, Address, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Reviews: 4.5/5

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has offered free admission for 90 years and its eight galleries are filled with a diverse collection of paintings, sculpture, and decorative art. Set in beautiful, historic City Park, the museum has a rich permanent collection with strengths in American art (including iconic works by Thomas Moran and Norman Rockwell), world cultures, and European art. Temporary exhibitions feature both regional and international art and artists, bringing the world to Hagerstown and also celebrating the local cultural community. Described as a “hidden gem, “ a “cultural treat” and one of the finest small museums in the country, the Museum is a must-visit on any trip to the area.
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Dan L
Ellicott City, MD49 contributions
Couples
While visiting Hagerstown, my companion and I took a walk through Hagerstown City Park and stumbled upon Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Free admission was a bargain for such a wonderful display of paintings and sculptures. We stayed for about an hour and a half but could have lingered longer. Their collection was very impressive and frankly, surprising. They have gathered quite a range of paintings of well-known masters. On our visit there were few visitors so we felt we had the museum to ourselves. I highly recommend this cultural treat if you are within 100 miles of Hagerstown.
Written December 19, 2020
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Reiselust1947
State College, PA572 contributions
The location of the museum is stunning - close to a lake with a fountain and lots of room to take walks before or after a visit there. The outside entrance area is also very attractive with a water feature, and the statue of a little girl reading.
We were amazed by the collection - some really famous names -, and the fact that the admission was totally free! An extra bonus was the current exhibition of Near Eastern items from the Huntingdon Museum of Art in West Virginia.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, and there were many adorable items for sale at the gift shop.
Written July 11, 2022
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Tom C
Great Falls, VA45 contributions
Never expected to find this gem of a museum. The building housing the museum is worth the visit alone. The collection is amazing in its breadth and well cataloged. Divided into multiple rooms, each room holds art more intriguing than the room before it. The museum store is also worth a stop and look with thoughtful offerings. Be sure to inquire at the store about buying the book which details the history and background of the museum and its founders.
Written August 15, 2021
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Bill
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We have been to this museum several times and it is hard to believe such a excellent place in a small town like Hagerstown. The setting around the museum is also very nice so you get two for a single visit. It is first class.
Written December 9, 2019
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WhiteCatWriting
Westminster, MD106 contributions
Couples
Described as an outstanding but smaller art museum, this lovely building in the City Park, beautifully situated on the large lagoon, offers the opportunity to enjoy a range of artistic works.There is no entry fee (suggested donation $ 5.00/person) and ample free parking. Allow an hour minimum; 90 minutes is probably more realistic especially if you spend time in the special exhibits. The staff/docents are very friendly and helpful, including in the gift shop which offers numerous fun and interesting items (some locally made) and very affordable prices. The museum is convenient to both the historic downtown Hagerstown attractions and dining and is also only about a 10 min drive to the outlet mall. The design of the museum is traditional, ie. not offering interactive interpretive activities for children. Any children will need supervision and depending on their interests and age, may tire quickly (hint: checking out the ducks and swans in the lagoon may offer parents an easy fall plan plan to keep young ones engaged) Adults however will not be disappointed! This is a charming, wonderful stop in Hagerstown that should be part of anyone's visit.
Written February 1, 2015
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sshistory
Silver Spring, MD23 contributions
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Let me first clear up my comment about Hagerstown, MD.

Hagerstown is what Frederick, MD...on the other side of the "mountain"...was thirty years ago. An authentic blue-collar town that has seen better times but that still has great "bones" to it in the guise of incredible 19th and early 20th century architecture. But when the only options for a cup of coffee on a Sunday, preferably from a small independent coffee shop, is the local McDonald's or Dunkin Donuts (where my friends and I wound up going) well, Hagerstown still needs a little work.

That said, despite being me living a twenty minute Metro ride from some of the greatest art in the world in Washington, DC, I am continually drawn the 60+ miles west to see this incredible little art museum. I suspect the majority of the locals in Hagerstown have never visited it much less appreciate what is in their own back yards.

I love to go to see the special juried exhibits of Cumberland Valley regional artists. Most of the time this art is even for sale and I have on one occasion purchased a work of art years ago that graces my living room to this day.

The permanent collection has a nice variety of 19th and early 20th century American art. Some of the "name" artists would be at home in any of the United States' great art museums; works by Frederick Church, William Merritt Chase, and Norman Rockwell. There is also a nice selection of 20th century American decorative arts as well as WPA prints from the 1930s.

I just wish their web site at http://www.wcmfa.org/ featured at least a checklist of the artists whose works they carry. There is a suggested donation of $5 but NO attitude given if you do not pay!
Written February 20, 2012
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petal502016
Hagerstown, MD10 contributions
Friends
It is a nicely place in history placed in a beautiful scenic park. It is nice if you are local to occasionally check to see traveling exhibits.
Written April 13, 2019
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BeauCoop
Greencastle, PA75 contributions
Family
This museum is amazing! Support from the community is incredible and the museum has a fine permanent collection. It also gets interesting traveling shows.
Written October 3, 2018
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peggycostion
Zullinger, PA21 contributions
Friends
Yes. It really is that fine. Founder by the Singer family of fine art fame, this gem was given to the community where Mrs. Singer was born. It includes Singers art as well as their collection amassed in Europe. Sixteenth century oils, 13th century woode n madonnas, sculptures by Rodin and the creator of My. Rushmore make this gem a one stop, must see art history lesson if you are passing through on I70 or I81 to Washington or Baltimore. It is situated in a city park named the most beautiful in the USA. The only other small city museum that compares is the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Both were founded by working artists. That must explain the excellence in a small package.
Written January 4, 2016
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MaryC508
Hagerstown, MD265 contributions
Couples
When one leaves a city like Washington, DC, and moves near a town like Hagerstown, Maryland, one does not expect what we found in this museum. This is a return-to-frequently destination for us. It is truly amazing to have such breadth and beauty in a collection in a small city. It is truly a miniature of the National Gallery of Art and is not to be missed when in the area. As locals we treasure this place.
Written March 26, 2015
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Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM