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“Wonderful Regional Museum”

Birmingham Museum of Art
Ranked #4 of 96 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 June 16, 2013

The Birmingham Museum of art is a wonderful regional art museum. It houses the largest Wedgwood collection outside of England and has more art than you can see in a day. The galleries are diverse and well curated. The restaurant is good....and the sculpture garden is a great place to rest and reflect or let the little ones take an "energy" break. As a local, and former docent, I always enjoy a couple of hours in the galleries. There are special exhibits on a regular basis, some with a fee, some not. But, entrance to the museum is free. Check the website for special events and exhibits.

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Reviewed June 6, 2013

This was a delightful surprise. There are many different collections including furniture and sculptures. They have a few pieces of famous artists including a Monet, Andy Warhol, Cassat, Remiongton, and O'Keefe There is even a collection of Hippo decorated porcelain. We were there for two hours and could have stayed longer.

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Reviewed May 29, 2013

I had only one free afternoon and I decided to walk over to the Birmingham Art Museum. It was the right decision. This museum is not huge like the Metropolitan, but its collection has been well-chosen. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. In fact, I'd recommend the museum as a good place to have lunch even if you don't care about art. The food was excellent, the portions were large, and there were lovely gardens a few yards away on both sides of the dining area.

There is a bit of everything here, from ancient to modern, European, North American, Asian and African art. The Wedgwood pottery collection is impressive, as is the collection of English portraits. I saw Japanese armor and swords, huge Chinese Calligraphy brushes, and spectacular glass creations.

One thing I liked was that, in addition to the usual blurbs about the artists' lives, the plaques near the paintings said what the paint was applied to--canvas, linen, wooden panels, etc. There are kid-friendly exhibits too. I would recommend the Birmingham Art Museum for families as well as single art-lovers. I think if I lived in Birmingham I'd visit the museum often.

1  Thank Michele N
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

I always enjoy the items on display at this museum. I am a huge fan of museums of any kind and like the variety that they put on display.

Thank Shonny S
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

What a nice place to visit! Very nice exhibits, and well laid out. We spent almost an entire day, and loved it.

Thank Bob-n-Sheila
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