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“Auburn's Art Museum”

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Auburn
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

An interesting permanent collection housed in a recently constructed, modern building. There's a nice café and small auditorium for musical groups and lectures. Most unfortunately, the building faces west and the large expanse of glass windows admits a blinding amount of sunlight in the afternoon, making the main hallway unfit for paintings and other artwork at risk of damage from strong light. The museum has yet to attain its potential.

Thank Thomomys
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I’ve driven by the gorgeous building and grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum on several occasions, but never stopped in. So, on a recent visit to Auburn I was pleased to learn the museum was open on Monday, traditionally a day when museums are closed.

With just six galleries it’s an easy visit. Lithographs from the permanent collection and from the Tamarind Institute occupied half the galleries. Plus there was a sculpture exhibit by Jean Woodham. I found myself most taken by the lithographs, including those by big name artists like Chagall, Picasso and Matisse. The museum also holds more than 100 prints by John James Audubon in its permanent collection and I’d love to return when those are being exhibited. I’ll definitely check to see what’s showing during future trips to Auburn.

In addition, there’s an eye catching 17 foot Dale Chihuly chandelier in the main entrance and a great gift shop, especially for a museum this size.

You should go visit. Even in a small museum, you’re bound to find something you like. Best of all, it’s free.

Thank William T
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The JCSMFA is one of Auburn's treasures. Now celebrating its 10th birthday, the museum continues to sponsor outstanding exhibitions and creative programming for all ages. The museum cafe, open from 11-2 Tuesday through Friday is a delightful place to enjoy an inexpensive lunch before or after touring the galleries. Don't skip a visit to the gift shop, which offers lovely items at very reasonable prices.

Thank goodwaterbetty
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Very Nice! Definitely worth the trip!
The art collection is constantly renewed and/or augmented. Makes for a nice family outing.

Thank Evelyne B
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Although the menu is limited, the museum cafe is, in my opinion, one of the best places in Auburn to meet friends for lunch. For $7 a customer can have a chicken salad plate or a panini, with chips and a warm, homemade sweet muffin. Located in the lovely Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, this is a wonderful place for lunch. It's open Tuesday through Friday from 11-2. Afterwards, guests may visit the galleries for no charge.

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