City Ordinance number 70-134 established the Huntsville Museum of Art on the 13th of August during 1970. This ordinance created Huntsville's Museum Board and during 1973 the museum had its first exhibition in a temporary facility. The Von Braun Center became the first permanent home to the art museum during 1975. During March of 1998 the facility was moved to its current home at Big Spring Park at 300 Church Street Southwest.
There are over twenty-five hundred items in the permanent collection of the museum. The collection is divided into smaller collections; regional artists and first American art, the second is a collection of art from Africa, Asia and Europe that influenced the main collection. Various foundations and private donations were used to bring the collection at the museum to its current size.
The Huntsville Museum of Art has pieces that were created by Andy Warhol, Joseph Stella, John French Sloan, James McNeil Whistler and John French Sloan. There are a number of artists such as Nall Hollis and Stephen Rolfe Powell that have roots in the state of Alabama among the artwork of the museum. Works significant to the scientific community and the city of Huntsville itself are also among the museum's collection.
Huntsville Museum of Art is open from ten in the morning until five in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the facility opens at one in afternoon and closes at five in the evening. Thursday the museum is open from ten in the morning and closes at eight in the evening. The facilities at the museum are completely handicapped accessible.
The cost of admission to the museum for non-members is $7 for adults, those aged sixty and over, students and educators with proper identification pay $6. Those with ten or more people in a group only pay $5 each person to be admitted to the facility. Those aged six to eleven pay $3 for admission to the Huntsville Museum of Art. Members and those aged six and below are admitted free of charge.
Member of the museum enjoy a number of benefits with their membership among them is free admission to all of the exhibits held for one year. There are members' only invitations given to preview lectures and parties, discounted admission for special events. There are also discounts give on the art classes at the facility, a museum newsletter at a discounted rate and discounted or free admission to over forty other Museums in the Southeast.
The Huntsville Museum of Art is full of interesting artwork and has a number of advantages to purchasing a membership. Anyone living in the Huntsville area with a love of art should take advantage of the various levels for membership to the museum. Anyone visiting the area or looking for somewhere to take a group should defiantly keep the museum on the list of possibilities. Those wishing to obtain additional information about the art, group rates or directions to the museum should contact the facility directly.