Birmingham Museum of Art is located at 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203, United States. It is one of the most outstanding regional museums in the United States. The museum features a wide range of art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts from ancient to modern times. A vast number of Asian, European, American, Native American African, and Pre-Columbian art are presented here. It has one of the most exceptional collections in the Southeastern United States. This museum also houses the world’s finest collections of Baroque art and the remarkable Kress Collection of Renaissance.

The museum was founded in 1951. It’s a 3.9 acres property, owned by the City of Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, in the downtown’s cultural district.  The area includes 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of space, with an outdoor sculpture garden. The City of Birmingham Museum Board is in charge of its operation. 

Art Collections 

The African masterpieces from the collection are a feast for art lovers. The items include fine examples of figure sculptures, masks, ritual objects, and more. It has almost 2,000 objects obtained from the main culture groups of sub-Saharan Africa, dated the 12th century to the present.

The Museum’s collection, which includes American sculpture, painting, works on paper, and decorative art paintings are from the late 18th through the mid-20th century. Below are just a few of the many must-see pieces of art in the American section:

Paintings: Gilbert Stuart, Childe Hassam, and Georgia O’Keeffe

Sculptures: Hiram Powers and Frederic Remington

Important decorative pieces: Tiffany Studios and Frank Lloyd Wright. 

The founding of the museum was an act in cultural preservation, and they were able to collect many significant pieces from Alabama’s artists. This includes works of Alabama’s significant artists: Hannah Elliott (miniaturist) and Carrie Hill (landscapist).

The Museum’s Asian art collection is the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast. There are more than 4,000 objects in the collection that only started with a textile gift from a Chinese in 1951.

One of the most beautiful aspects of a museum is how it can be used to explore different eras and cultures. The permanent collection at this particular location has over 12,000 items that date back to the Renaissance period until today.

Pre-Columbian art

European art

Contemporary art

Folk art

Native American art

Entrance:

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Sundays: 12 PM – 5 PM

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