This museum‘s quality rivals that of any of the fine museums in the South, and is one of the best museums I’ve ever visited. It’s a tribute to Montgomery that such a marvelous, free museum exists. Both the grounds and architecture are breathtaking. Once inside the museum, the high dome, white columns, gleaming marble floors and open design provide a regal atmosphere to enjoy art. It’s well-lighted with plenty of natural light to view the work. It’s easy to drift from one exhibit to the next, but it doesn’t hurt to have the gallery map handy. Though the name says “fine arts” the traveling exhibits on display during our visit were contemporary. Material Transformations featured recycled art and Amazing Graze filled two galleries with the work of Winfred Rembert, a Georgia self-taught cultural artist. We also toured the other galleries, which included a nice collection of decorative arts (china and glass) and modern paintings. The exciting children’s section is highly interactive. In this hands-on museum, kids can explore and create art. It includes stations like racing cars on a contemporary piece of art, choosing a frame, composing a painting with velcro pillows, and drawing while sitting at easels. I couldn’t resist making a print myself at the four-press print station. My only disappointment was that the museum shop didn’t open until noon, though the museum opened at 10 on the Saturday morning of our visit – I wanted to buy a book on the Material Transformations exhibit.
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