Historic Heartland / Athens

Georgia Museum of Art

90 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602

706-542-4662
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The Georgia Museum of Art (GMOA) has long offered its audiences a world-class art experience. As both an academic museum and the state's official art museum, it serves not only the University of Georgia, but also the owners of its permanent collection, the residents of Georgia and the state's visitors, through award-winning exhibitions, publications and programming. The GMOA houses a permanent collection of more than 9,000 works of art, as well as a variety of traveling exhibitions and a new sculpture garden.

Gallery tour groups are welcomed, and educational tour groups on a variety of topics are available upon request. GMOA also offers its ongoing "Tour at Two," with a tour each Wednesday at 2 p.m., as well as Family Days once every month on a designated Saturday morning. Families and children may check out a free backpack full of supplies and activities that will enhance their walk through the GMOA.

Admission to the museum is free, with a suggested donation of $3.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 10:00AM - 9:00PM
    Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 10:00PM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee Free

    Donations Accepted $3

    Facility Amenities

    Concessions

    Gift Shop

    Guided Tours / Guide Available

    Maps & Brochures Available

    Parking on Site

    Party Facilities

    Public Restrooms

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible

    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    Adults (18+)

    Adults (21+)

    All Ages

    Seniors (55+)

Events

  • Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    12/17/2017 - 12/17/2017

    Join docents as they lead this tour. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public.                

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  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    12/20/2017 - 12/20/2017

    Joseph Litts, Beard Scholar at the Henry Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, will lead this special tour.

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  • Make It an Evening

    Make It an Evening

    12/21/2017 - 12/21/2017

    Enjoy coffee, dessert and a gallery tour at the museum with curator of decorative arts Dale Couch prior to the performance in Hodgson Hall by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, performing selections from Handel's Messiah. Enjoy Jittery Joe's coffee and Cecilia Villaveces' cakes. Purchase tickets for the concert at pac.uga.edu.

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  • Third Thursday

    Third Thursday

    12/21/2017 - 12/21/2017

    Seven of Athens' established venues for visual art hold "Third Thursday," an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month. The Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube & [email protected] Indigo-Athens, Ciné, the Classic Center and ATHICA will be open from 6 until 9 p.m. to showcase their visual-arts programming. Full schedules are posted at 3Thurs.org.

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  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    12/27/2017 - 12/27/2017

    This tour will be led by docents. Tours are open and free to the public and meet in the downstairs lobby.

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  • Artful Conversation: Joan Mitchell

    Artful Conversation: Joan Mitchell

    01/03/2018 - 01/03/2018

    Assistant curator of education Sage Kincaid will lead a special slow-looking program and dialogue focused on Mitchell's painting "Close."

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  • Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    01/04/2018 - 01/04/2018

    Join Athens-based artist and educator Brian Hitselberger for a three-part studio-based course examining abstraction and non-representational art through various techniques and materials. This workshop is open to artists of all levels and experience, from enthusiastic beginners to more seasoned practitioners. The sessions will draw inspiration from the museum's collection, including works from the archives and many not currently on display. The cost of the course is a $15 materials fee, which ... read more

  • Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    01/07/2018 - 01/07/2018

    Join docents as they lead this tour. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public.

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  • Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    01/11/2018 - 01/11/2018

    Join Athens-based artist and educator Brian Hitselberger for a three-part studio-based course examining abstraction and non-representational art through various techniques and materials. This workshop is open to artists of all levels and experience, from enthusiastic beginners to more seasoned practitioners. The sessions will draw inspiration from the museum's collection, including works from the archives and many not currently on display. The cost of the course is a $15 materials fee, which ... read more

  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    01/12/2018 - 01/12/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the school year. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. Fun... read more

  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    01/17/2018 - 01/17/2018

    Meet the Georgia Museum of Art's docents January 17, 2018, at 2 p.m. for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection.

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  • Third Thursday

    Third Thursday

    01/18/2018 - 04/19/2018

    Six of Athens' established venues for visual art hold "Third Thursday," an event devoted to art in the evening hours, on the third Thursday of every month. The Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Glass Cube & [email protected] Indigo-Athens, Ciné and ATHICA will be open from 6 until 9 p.m. on those nights to showcase their visual-arts programming. Visit 3Thurs.org for a calendar of events.

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  • Yoga in the Galleries

    Yoga in the Galleries

    01/18/2018 - 01/18/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful practice in an environment of creative energy. Free meditation sessions will be held on select Fridays during the fall semester. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools (without backs) are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged, contact 706-542-8863 or [email protected].

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  • Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    01/18/2018 - 01/18/2018

    Join us for the Third Thursday Twilight Tour led by docents. This tour will meet in the museum lobby. All ages are welcome. 

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  • Tour at Two: “Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Crafts”

    Tour at Two: “Artful Instruments: Georgia Gunsmiths and Their Crafts”

    01/24/2018 - 01/24/2018

    Sam Thomas, curator of the T.R.R. Cobb House and guest curator of the exhibition, will give a special tour.

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  • Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    Studio Workshop: Abstraction

    01/25/2018 - 01/25/2018

    Join Athens-based artist and educator Brian Hitselberger for a three-part studio-based course examining abstraction and non-representational art through various techniques and materials. This workshop is open to artists of all levels and experience, from enthusiastic beginners to more seasoned practitioners. The sessions will draw inspiration from the museum's collection, including works from the archives and many not currently on display. The cost of the course is a $15 materials fee, which ... read more

  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    01/26/2018 - 01/26/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the school year. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. Fun... read more

  • Family Day: Opera Posters

    Family Day: Opera Posters

    01/27/2018 - 01/27/2018

    Families and kids of all ages are invited to participate in fun gallery games and a spooky scavenger hunt in the permanent collection, and to listen to readings of selected poems by Edgar Allen Poe. Participants will also write their own poems inspired by works in the museum's collection and are invited to read them aloud in the lobby. Presented in conjunction with the NEA's Big Read program.

    Family Day programs are sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and t... read more

  • Family Day: Opera Posters

    Family Day: Opera Posters

    01/27/2018 - 01/27/2018

    Check out beautiful opera posters from Europe made at the end of the 1800s in the exhibition "Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum Collection," then head to the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom to make your own posters inspired by those in the show. This event is sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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  • Tour at Two: African American Artists

    Tour at Two: African American Artists

    01/31/2018 - 01/31/2018

    Join Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art, for a special tour of works by African American artists in the permanent collection.

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  • 90 Carlton: Winter

    90 Carlton: Winter

    02/01/2018 - 02/01/2018

    The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art present this reception featuring the winter exhibitions in conjunction with the Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts. Enjoy light refreshments, gallery activities, door prizes and "Ask the Experts" from 7 to 8 p.m. Event Partners: Athens Printing Company, Barron's Rental Center and Epting Events. Free and open to the public. RSVP to [email protected] or by calling 706.542.4199. Register a... read more

  • Ninth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

    Ninth Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts

    02/01/2018 - 02/03/2018

    The Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts is held every other year. This year's theme is "Belonging: Georgia and Region in the National Fabric." On Thursday, February 1, 2018, Peter M. Kenny, co-president of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, will offer the keynote speech.

    Register online. The Full Symposium Package- $300 (include... read more

  • Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    02/04/2018 - 02/04/2018

    Join docents as they lead this tour. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public.

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  • Toddler Tuesday: Crafting History

    Toddler Tuesday: Crafting History

    02/06/2018 - 02/06/2018

    Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just for little ones. This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years, and will focus on the exhibition "Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia." Space is limited; please email [email protected] or call 706.542.0448 after January 1 to reserve a spot.

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  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    02/07/2018 - 02/07/2018

    Join the docents for a tour of the permanent collection. Tours meet in the lobby and are open and free to the public.

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  • Student Night

    Student Night

    02/08/2018 - 02/08/2018

    Join the Student Association of the Georgia Museum of Art for a night of music, food, fun and themed activities to celebrate the latest exhibitions. Student Night is generously sponsored by UGA Parents Leadership Council.

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  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    02/09/2018 - 02/09/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the school year. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. Fun... read more

  • Family Day: Lunar New Year

    Family Day: Lunar New Year

    02/10/2018 - 02/10/2018

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this special Year of the Dog–themed Family Day. Explore selected works of art in the permanent collection, then make your own Asian-inspired lantern or practice writing Mandarin. Other activities include storytime, and Mandarin-language games (players get a copy of Grace Lin's book "Year of the Dog"). Sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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  • Artful Conversation: Frederick Carl Frieseke

    Artful Conversation: Frederick Carl Frieseke

    02/14/2018 - 02/14/2018

    Join Callan Steinmann, associate curator of education, for an in-depth gallery conversation focusing on the painting "Girl Sewing (The Chinese Robe)."

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  • Yoga in the Galleries

    Yoga in the Galleries

    02/15/2018 - 02/15/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful practice in an environment of creative energy. Free meditation sessions will be held on select Fridays during the school year. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools (without backs) are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged, contact 706-542-8863 or [email protected].

    read more

  • Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    02/15/2018 - 02/15/2018

    Join docents for a tour of the works in the permanent collection at the Georgia Museum of Art. 7-8 p.m.

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  • “Craft in America: Memory”

    “Craft in America: Memory”

    02/15/2018 - 02/15/2018

    Join the Georgia Museum of Art for films discussed by scholars, filmmakers and students. Each film will include a 15-minute introduction by a guest speakers and short conversations about the film following the screening. The first episode in the PBS series Craft in America, "Memory" takes a personal tour through craft's history in the United State, beginning with the pioneers of the field. This episode juxtaposes the intimate stories of some of the country's most prominent craft artists again... read more

  • Black History Month Dinner

    Black History Month Dinner

    02/16/2018 - 02/16/2018

    This annual event has become one of our most popular. The dinner and awards ceremony feature the presentation of the Larry D. and Brenda A Thompson Award and the Lillian C. Lynch Citation. Individual tickets (available January 8) are $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Call 706.542.4199 for additional ticket inquiries.

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  • Tour at Two: “Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum Collection”

    Tour at Two: “Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum Collection”

    02/21/2018 - 02/21/2018

    Join Abigail Kosberg, art history graduate student and Daura Center Graduate Intern, for a special tour of the exhibition.

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  • Aralee Strange Lecture: Shirley Brice Heath

    Aralee Strange Lecture: Shirley Brice Heath

    02/22/2018 - 02/22/2018

    Dr. Heath holds the Marjorie Bailey Professorship in English and Dramatic Literature and is a professor of linguistics, emerita, at Stanford University. She is also the director of research for the Public Theater in New York City. Her work focuses on the ways in which long-term engagement with art can drive the linguistic and cognitive development of adolescents. Her talk, titled "The Arts as Brick and Mortar of Community Building," will draw from national and international contexts in which ... read more

  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    02/23/2018 - 02/23/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the school year. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. Fun... read more

  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    02/28/2018 - 02/28/2018

    Join docents for a tour of the works in the permanent collection at the Georgia Museum of Art. 2-3 p.m.

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  • Make It an Evening

    Make It an Evening

    03/01/2018 - 03/01/2018

    Enjoy coffee, dessert and a gallery tour at the museum prior to the performance in Hodgson Hall by Broadway veterans Franc D'Ambrosio and Glory Crampton. Jittery Joe's Coffee and Cecilia Villaveces' cakes. Purchase tickets for the concert at pac.uga.edu.

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  • Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

    Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

    03/03/2018 - 03/03/2018

    Wikimedia's gender trouble is well documented, with less than 10 percent of its contributors identifying as female. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not: content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Let's change that. Following a gallery talk at museum, come to the Lamar Dodd School of Art Library (room N201) for an afternoon of communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. Contact  read more

  • Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Sunday Spotlight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    03/04/2018 - 03/04/2018

    Join docents as they lead a tour of the permanent collection. All tours meet in the lobby and are free to the public. 

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  • Tour at Two: Women Artists in “Crafting History

    Tour at Two: Women Artists in “Crafting History"

    03/07/2018 - 03/07/2018

    For this special Women's History Month tour, the three co-curators of "Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia" (Ashley Callahan, Annelies Mondi and Mary Hallam Pearse) will give a tour featuring works by women artists in the exhibition.

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  • Concert of French Opera

    Concert of French Opera

    03/08/2018 - 03/08/2018

    The UGA Opera Theatre will present a concert of selections from a variety of French operas in coordination with the exhibition "Opera in Print: Fin-de-siècle Posters from the Blum Collection." The concert will include arias, duets and ensembles from operas by Bizet, Massenet, Thomas, Offenbach, Debussy, Lehar and others. This period provided some of the most beautiful and romantic music in history and has remained the basic opera repertoire to this day. Followed by a tour of the exhibition b... read more

  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    03/09/2018 - 03/09/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the school year. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. Fun... read more

  • Family Day: The Materials of Craft

    Family Day: The Materials of Craft

    03/10/2018 - 03/10/2018

    Discover the wonderful works from UGA's studio craft history since the 1920s in the exhibition "Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at the University of Georgia," then head to the Michael and Mary Erlanger Studio Classroom to craft your own masterpiece. Sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

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  • Artful Conversation: Homer Dodge Martin

    Artful Conversation: Homer Dodge Martin

    03/14/2018 - 03/14/2018

    Join Sage Kincaid, assistant curator of education, for a closer look and conversation on Homer Dodge Martin's painting "The Old Mill."

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  • Yoga in the Galleries

    Yoga in the Galleries

    03/15/2018 - 03/15/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to enhance mindful practice in an environment of creative energy. Free meditation sessions will be held on select Fridays during the school year. Sessions include instructor-led meditation followed by a period of reflection and discussion. Stools (without backs) are provided; please bring a cushion if desired. Reservations are encouraged, contact 706-542-8863 or [email protected].

    read more

  • Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Twilight Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    03/15/2018 - 03/15/2018

    Join us for the Third Thursday Twilight Tour led by docents. This tour will meet in the museum lobby. All ages are welcome. 

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  • Lecture: Namita Wiggers

    Lecture: Namita Wiggers

    03/21/2018 - 03/21/2018

    Namita Wiggers is an American crafts curator, educator, and writer based in Portland, Oregon. Wiggers is the director and co-founder of Critical Craft Forum and teaches applied craft and design at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Portland State University. Wiggers served as the director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft from 2004 to 2014. Her scholarship and writing often deals with analyzing aspects of craft and their relation ... read more

  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    03/21/2018 - 03/21/2018

    Join docents for a tour of our permanent collections at the Georgia Museum of Art. All ages are welcome to attend.

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  • Panel Discussion: “Crafting History: Beyond the Object”

    Panel Discussion: “Crafting History: Beyond the Object”

    03/22/2018 - 03/22/2018

    Join us for a conversation with leading scholars, curators and educators in a dialogue on the scholarship and narrative of craft history and material culture. Panelists include Namita Wiggers; Mia Hall, interim chair of the department of art and design at the University of Arkansas and the next director of Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design, High Museum of Art; and Marilyn Zapf, assistant director at the Center for Craft, Creativi... read more

  • Morning Mindfulness

    Morning Mindfulness

    03/23/2018 - 03/23/2018

    The Georgia Museum of Art invites you into the galleries to participate in free guided mindfulness meditation sessions, held every other Friday during the fall semester. Sessions include a variety of instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Meditation pillows or yoga mats are provided. Reservations are encouraged; please contact 706.542.0448 or [email protected]. F... read more

  • Symposium: “The Image of the Buddha in South Asia

    Symposium: “The Image of the Buddha in South Asia"

    03/23/2018 - 03/24/2018

    Speakers from Europe and across the United States will present a series of lectures engaging the early history and development of the Buddha image in South Asia in the symposium "The Image of the Buddha in South Asia: Trans-Regional Diversity, Localized Idioms and Iconographic Innovation." These lectures accompany and will be oriented toward contextualizing the exhibition "Images of Awakening: The Buddhist Sculptural Heritage of Afghanistan and Pakistan." Lectures will include presentations b... read more

  • Toddler Tuesday: Permanent Collection

    Toddler Tuesday: Permanent Collection

    03/27/2018 - 03/27/2018

    Join us for a special tour, story time in the galleries and art activities just for little ones. This free, 40-minute program is designed for families with children ages 18 months to 3 years and will focus on the museum's permanent collection. Space is limited; please email [email protected] or call 706.542.0448 after February 1 to reserve a spot. Sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the... read more

  • Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Tour at Two: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    03/28/2018 - 03/28/2018

    Meet the Georgia Museum of Art's docents at 2 p.m. for a tour of highlights from the permanent collection.

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