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“Contemporary Art, Changing Exhibits”

Huntsville Museum of Art
Ranked #17 of 79 things to do in Huntsville
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: From Norman Rockwell to Hudson River School Landscapes and everything in between, the Huntsville Museum of Art is a must-see on your next visit to Huntsville! The Huntsville Museum of Art sits in Big Spring Park, the epicenter of the dynamic and evolving city center that is Downtown Huntsville, Alabama and works as a magnet for cultural activities. Stop by today and see the Museum's permanent collection of art, along with a wide variety of well-known traveling exhibitions. The Museum also has a large interactive children's gallery! Visit the hsvmuseum.org for all of the current and upcoming exhibitions. Founded in 1970 by city ordinance of the Museum Board of the City of Huntsville, the Museum serves Huntsville and Madison County's combined population of 420,000 residents. The mission statement of the Museum is to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the highest quality works of art.
Reviewed May 27, 2009

I should start out by saying that contemporary art is my least favorite style, so I am a bit biased. I stopped off at the Huntsville Museum of Art on a Friday afternoon just before Memorial Day. They had three special exhibits--two of them small one-room exhibits on whimsical art and religious art. The main exhibit was artwork related to NASA.Huntsville is where the space program began, something evident all over the city, and they have a Space Museum. If you're a fan of contemporary art or a big fan of space exploration and have the time, you may want to swing by the museum, but I otherwise wouldn't consider it a "Must See." They don't have a permanent collection on display, I believe all the artwork in the special exhibits is drawn from their permanent collection though. They had a smattering of artists I was familiar with (Norman Rockwell, William Wegman) but most I didn't recognize.
Parking was a bit tricky, as it's mostly metered and I arrived just before a nearby public event. Big Spring International Park, which has a large pond full of ducks, is located right next to the museum and is worth a stroll. I actually enjoyed the park more than the museum, but it was hard to compete with a perfect late spring afternoon and some of the friendliest strangers I've encountered in a city. Most of the people I passed had a smile or a hello.

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