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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