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Georgia Museum of Art

  • 90 Carlton Street|
  • Performing and Visual Arts Complex|
  • University of Georgia|
  • Athens GA 30602
  • (706) 542-4662
  • Region: UGA Campus

Due to tremendous growth and a variety of other factors, the museum's curators are working together to tell the story of art history in a fresh way, closing eight galleries for the summer.  It will re-open mid August 2016.

The Georgia Museum of Art's modern and elegant facility houses a permanent collection of more than 10,000 works of art as well as 20 to 25 temporary exhibitions a year. The Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden hosts rotating exhibitions of work by women sculptors.

Ongoing Events: Tour at Two: each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Family Days monthly, Saturday morning. Third Thursday, 6-9 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.
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., when UGA is in session.

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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 welcome, and free 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.





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: The museum breaks ground on a major expansion and renovation to triple gallery spaces.
2011: The museum reopens.

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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Largest Room
  • Reception Capacity 500
  • Banquet Capacity 296
  • Number of Rooms 4
Education Center
  • Classroom Capacity: 45
  • Reception Capacity: 80
Jane and Harry Wilson Sculpture Garden
  • Reception Capacity: 225
M. Smith Griffith Auditorium
  • Theater Capacity: 200
M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall
  • Banquet Capacity: 296
  • Reception Capacity: 500
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    Tour at Two: Georgia Museum of Art

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    • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
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  • Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

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    • Led by docents.
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  • Third Thursday

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  • Family Day: Birds and Flowers

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/10/17
    • Explore paintings featuring beautiful landscapes, flowers and birds in the…
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    Modern Living: Giò Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/10/17 - 9/17/17
    • In the history of 20th-century design, Giò Ponti (1891–1979) is widely…
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  • Artful Conversation: George Segal

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/14/17
    • Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for slow looking and…
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  • Thursday Twilight Tour: Highights from the Permanent Collection

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/15/17
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  • Fun in the Sun: Films in Key West: "Reap the Wild Wind"

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/22/17
    • In conjunction with the exhibition “Avocation to Vocation: Prints by F. Townsend…
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  • Fun in the Sun: Films in Key West: "Key Largo"

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 6/29/17
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    Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 10/14/17 - 1/7/18
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    Crafting History: Seven Decades of Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 1/20/18 - 3/25/18
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    Doris Ulmann: Vernacular Modernism and American Craft

    • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
    • 9/1/18 - 12/30/18
    • This is the first complete retrospective of the work of photographer Doris…
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