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Georgia Museum of Art

The GMOA's modern and elegant facility houses a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions. In January, 2011, the museum reopened with a new sculpture garden and triple the gallery space, after a two-year expansion project. The sculpture garden exhibition “Terra Verte,” consisting of works by Scottish artist Patricia Leighton, is on display now through the end of May 2015.

Ongoing Events: Tour at Two: each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Family Days monthly, Saturday morning.
Admission: Free.

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat, 10-5 pm; Thurs, 10-9 pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. Closed on Mon.

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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As part of the stunning complex, a 200-seat auditorium is available for performances, lectures, and meetings. A large reception hall is used for receptions and other group gatherings. The Georgia Museum of Art will add a touch of elegance and culture to any event.


Tour groups are welcomed at the GMOA and educational group tours on a variety of topics are available by request. Each docent tour is tailored to your group's particular needs and interests.



GA Museum Tour


1945: With a donation of 100 American paintings, the Georgia Museum of Art is founded when Alfred Heber Holbrook, a retired New York lawyer, chooses the University of Georgia in Athens as the site for a museum in memory of his late wife, Eva Underhill Holbrook
1948: Located on UGA's North Campus in what is now the president's office, the museum opens to the public. Holbrook serves as the museum's director for 25  years, presenting more than 900 works of art to the permanent collection.
1958: Three additional galleries are added.
Early 1970s: The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art is founded as a support group for the museum and its mission. Patrons and donors begin to recognize the importance of their contribution to securing art and art education through the museum's work for future generations.
1969: Two more galleries are added, as the collection continues to grow.
1961: The museum receives a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of 12 Italian Renaissance paintings.
1972: Lamar Dodd retires as head of UGA's School of Art. Dodd and Holbrook worked closely together for many years.
1974: Alfred H. Holbrook dies.
1980s: Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Bentley Sr. Collection established.
1996: The museum opens a new 52,000-square-foot building within the university's Performing and Visual Arts Complex.
2000: The Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts is established and the museum initiates a program of biennial symposia on the decorative arts.
2001: As the collections and the demands of exhibitions and programs grow, the museum embarks upon a successful capital campaign as part of Archway to Excellence, raising $20 million for a renovation and expansion project.
2002: Martha Randolph Daura establishes the Pierre Daura Center with a gift to the museum.
2009: GMOA breaks ground on its expansion and renovation.
2011: The museum reopens.


  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Guided Tours: Yes
  • Kids Programs: Yes
  • Onsite Restaurant/Food Vendor: Yes
  • Parking Available: Yes

Georgia Museum of Art Meeting Facility

  • Banquet Capacity: 296

Meeting Facility Rooms

Rm. Name Sq. Ft. Dimensions Ceiling Theater Classroom Size Banquet Capacity Reception
Education Center     X           45         80  
Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden     X                   225  
M. Smith Griffith Auditorium     X       200              
M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall     X               296     500  

Exhibit: Terra Verte

    From: June 23, 2014 - May 31, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
Scottish artist Patricia Leighton has been making art in the public realm for more than 25 years, creating large-scale permanent commissions that rel... View Details

Exhibit: Chaos & Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda

    From: February 14, 2015 - May 10, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the exhibition “Chaos & Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda&rdq... View Details

Exhibit: Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision

    From: February 21, 2015 - April 19, 2015
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
"Small Truths: Pierre Daura’s Life and Vision." Through April 19. The Pierre Daura Center was established at the Georgia Museum of Art... View Details

Family Day: Earth Day Celebration

    From: April 18, 2015 - April 18, 2015
“Earth” without “art” would just be “eh.” Celebrate Earth Day by exploring the work of environmental artist Patric... View Details

Tour at Two: Museum Mysteries

    From: April 22, 2015 - April 22, 2015
Join Brittany Ranew, Kress Interpretive Fellow, to explore unknowns about works of art in the permanent collection. View Details

Museum Mix

    From: April 23, 2015 - April 23, 2015
This event will feature a DJ, free refreshments and access to the galleries until midnight. View Details

Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    From: April 29, 2015 - April 29, 2015
"Highlights from the Permanent Collection." Led by docents. View Details

Exhibit: El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte

    From: June 13, 2015 - September 13, 2015
From the international fight against fascism to protecting the proletariat, El Taller de Gráfica Popular (the Workshop for Popular Graphics, o... View Details