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“One of the best art museums in the eastern USA”

Birmingham Museum of Art
Ranked #4 of 95 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This three-story museum houses an eclectic selection of art, including Wedgewood pottery, the largest collection of Asian art in the Southeast, Native American and African art, impressionism, contemporary art and American landscapes.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The permanent collection is vast, and of excellent quality. While we were there, they had a travelling Norman Rockwell exhibition. As a NARM member, we had a hard time convincing the lady at the reception desk that I was the equivalent of a BMA member, and so did not have to pay extra to attend this exhibition. In the end, she threw up her hands and gave me the tickets. The restaurant is very good.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is a relatively small museum that manages to pack an incredible amount and range of art within its walls. There is an outstanding and continuously changing contemporary art exhibit, there is a range of art from medieval to modern, including a fantastic American "Western" section, there is decorative arts, pottery, glass and Asian art. There is always something new on loan. Everything is very nicely displayed and documented. They even give you stools to bring around and sit on while you contemplate the art! It beats hands down many bigger museums, such as the High in Atlanta. The compact size means you don't get overwhelmed and can see everything in about two hours. Best of all, it's FREE! To top it off, the museum has an excellent cafe/restaurant with really good food, including some quite unusual dishes. This is a winner.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

Since installations/exhibits are everchanging; the one that so amazed me, may not be there when you choose to visit the museum. There was an installation of a few dozen dresses made from recycled materials. These dresses were on life sized manequin/dress forms. The creators were local students. I think the age range was from middle school to high school. Would include photos but did not know the legalities of doing so as well as the pics could not do the creations justice. If you have/had the opportunity to view these materpieces, join me in singing the praise of The Birmingham Art Museum. I promise you will be in awe & have to reach down & lift your jaw from the floor on more than one occasion while at the museum. So leave your cares at home or the office & shimmy on down for a bit of culture & experience something new. Whether it be viewing an exhibit or testing the creative waters by signing up for a class. I did. And by doing so, did not gain an ounce, but grew mentally by fathoms.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Parking is free behind museum, with validation, and the museum itself is free (special exhibits cost extra). Photography is allowed throughout most of the museum, you just have to sign a book at the desk. There are stunning Dale Chihuly Persian Wall glass sculptures in lobby that are well lit with a rainbow of color. The most unique aspect of the museum is the incredible Wedgwood ceramics collection that takes up several rooms (The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection). There is also a large collection of Japanese, Chinese and Asian art. There is a good collection of European and American art with lots of landscapes. The collection is varied enough where you get exposure to many art styles, without having to walk through a huge museum. There is also an excellent sculpture garden between the museum and the parking lot, which has several levels worth exploring. The only annoying thing I found at the museum was that it smelled musty, like an old basement. The heating and ventilation system probably needs updating. It’s worth a stop when you are in Birmingham if you into art museums. Be sure to exit the front door and explore the Linn Park across the street, and the public library about two blocks South East of the museum.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

The display of the art made by the Inuit people of Canada was absolutely beautiful. What an excellent display of their traditional way of life and culture.
Lisa

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