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“Small but interesting”

Maier Museum of Art
Ranked #8 of 38 things to do in Lynchburg
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Owner description: This is a hidden gem of a museum at Randolph College with a fine collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings.
Augusta, GA
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1,299 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 492 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We decided to check out this museum based on other Trip Advisor reviews. We didn't think it was a 5, but we enjoyed the short visit and the trip through Randolph College as well. The Maier has a Winslow Homer, a Georgia O'Keefe, a George Stewart, a Whistler and an Edward Hopper to name a few. We enjoyed it for what it was worth, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The Viet Nam exhibit was interesting but not really our cup of tea. It is not permanent though.

Visited September 2013
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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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“Comparable with any gallery”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The collection is high class and to notch. A surprising gem tucked away on a picturesque campus. The pieces were high quality and some well known artists, but not their more recognizeable pieces.

Visited January 2013
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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great collection of American art”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is on the campus of Randolph College, tucked away behind the athletic fields. They have a small but well curated collection of American art, including pieces from Whistler and Hopper. Don't miss it!

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A small museum but worth a visit if you're in Lynchburg”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

The Maier Museum of Art houses the art collection of Randolph College and it's a relatively small collection but with at least a dozen gems that make a visit really worthwhile. You can see the entire collection (at least what's on display) in about an hour, but if you wish to linger, you could easily spend an hour and-a-half there. The stand-outs for me were Mrs. Polly Hooper (1811) by Gilbert Stuart (the artist who painted the most famous portrait of George Washington), "Early Evening After Snowfall" by Frederick Childe Hassam (1906), "Tom" (1926) by Robert Henri, "Mrs. Scott's House (1932) by Edward Hopper, "Planting" (1939) "The Meeting" (1941) by Thomas Hart Benton, and "Yellow Cactus" (1940) by Georgia O'Keeffe. The staff member at the museum was friendly & helpful and the museum offers postcards featuring several of the paintings in the collection -- though not, unfortunately, any of these paintings, except for the Childe Hassam. There was also a temporary exhibition at the museum when I was there, though it was not especially compelling. The one big warning is that the hill up to the museum is very steep and you have to be in good shape to climb it; if you do, you'll get a very thorough cardiovascular workout~! But the museum is also accessible by car and there's a small parking lot next to the building. The campus security staff have a golf cart and it's possible they might even give you a ride up the hill if you ask; I walked up the hill myself, but I did get directions from a friendly campus security guard. And the campus of Randolph College is beautiful; it's small but worth spending half an hour walking around, and it's very photogenic on a sunny day.

Visited March 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Don't miss this absolute gem of a museum!!”
Reviewed September 23, 2011

The Meier Museum of Art houses the remarkable collection of American art of Randolph College. The collection includes the work of many of the super famous American artists of the twentieth century, including Gilbert Stuart, James McNeil Whistler, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Typically there is a special exhibition on exhibit, along with the permanent collection. When I visited in May, there was a student-curated exhibition of large botanical drawings.

Visited May 2011
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