The Coast / Darien

McIntosh Old Jail Art Center, Museum and Visitor Center

404 Northway
US Highway 17
Darien, GA 31305

912-437-7711
  • The Art center contains six galleries.

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  • Renovated in a partnership by the City of Darien and the County of McIntosh, along with numerous grants and volunteer hours, the center now welcomes visitors and artists to the community.

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  • Former cells serve as a small museum for the area.

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  • Old Jail Art Center, Museum & Gift Shop

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The Old Jail Art Center building was constructed in 1888 by the McDonald Brothers Jail Building Company of Louisville, Kentucky as the McIntosh County Jail.  Today, the Old Jail remains one of the three oldest public buildings in Darien, along with the courthouse and the old firehouse.  The building was utilized as the county jail until 2002 when it was relocated to a new facility.

Just a few years after the Old Jail was vacated, this 19th century building was to take on a new and very different life.  The McIntosh Art Association partnered with the City and County in 2006 to compeltely renovate the building with donations, grant funds, and mroe than 2,600 hours of volunteer labor.  The Art Association had its grand opening at the Old Jail in 2007 and is a cultural center for the Community.  At the Old Jail Art Center and Museum, visitors and members are offered a chance to exhibit and view local art, take art classes, explore the local history museum located in the old jail cells, and attend a variety of events.

The McIntosh Art Association was converted into six working Art Galleries along with gift shop, classrooms, outdoor garden and the McIntosh County History Museum. Artists exhibit in many variety of medium with exhibits changing quarterly. There is quite a large group of artists in the area and the Art Center offers a great opportunity for visitors to view, browse or purchase local works. The Old Jail Art Center also serves as the Darien Welcome Center, providing visitors with information and recommendations on accomodations, restaurants, and points of interest.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Tuesday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Wednesday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Thursday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Friday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM
    Saturday: 11:00AM - 3:00AM

    Facility Amenities

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Information/Services Provided

    Welcome Center

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages