The High Museum of Art has come a long way in the past several years and still going. It has a nice and impressive permanent collection including some lesser known works by such as Monet, Rodin, Cassat as well a varied collection of sculptures, paintings, furnishings etc., both European and American. About twice a year it also has special exhibits which are world class. Last fall they had "Van Gogh to Mondrian" exhibiting works from the Kroller-Muller Museum in the Netherlands. They do a good job of having a variety of kinds of art - they have done an exhibit of Norman Rockwell and one of quilts from an African American community in Alabama as well as some of the classic works. In the fall of 2006 they begin a series of exhibits over the next few years of art from the Louvre in Paris which is a wonderful thing for the museum and has an interesting historical connection.
One of the photos is Rodin's "The Shadow" which is on the front lawn of the museum. In 1962 162 of Atlanta's leading arts patrons went to Paris in preparation for expanding the High and all were killed when the plane crashed taking off from Orly. The French government gave this statue in memory of the 162 and there is a nice memorial around it listing the names of all those killed. It is worth a stop on your way in or out.
The museum was founded in 1905 and had its first permanent home in 1926 in a residence. After the Orly crash the Atlanta Arts Alliance was founded in memory of those who lost their lives and in 1981 a new facility was opened and received significant acclaim including a 1991 citation from the American Institute of Architects as one of the “ten best works of American architecture of the 1980s.” Then in the fall of 2005 an addition designed by Renzo Piano was opened which brought the museums size to 312,000 square feet and ties the center into a ‘campus’ which includes not only the museum, but a symphony hall and theater.
It has 11,000 pieces of art. From the 19th and 20th century are American paintings. It also has some down home folk art form the local area people mostly. Another section is of some very nice decorated artworks of silver and ornate pieces, as well as an area of European art. Overall this is a museum of mixed art. The folk art is unique in character and on verge of bizarre. The decorative objects number 2,000, and are from 1640 forward. They are form many known names as Tiffany, Roux, etc. Now they are featuring to Sept 2009, some art from the Louvre.
Cost is $18 and seniors is $15, and open 10-5 and closed Mondays.
the high museum is atlanta's best art museum. they feature traveling art exhibitions from museums from all over the world. on my recent visit they had a collection from the louvre in paris. for those interested in art and culture this is an excellent museum to visit. see the attached website for current exhibitions and times.
This is one of the premier Museums in the USA, and I am proud to say that my Great grandfather J.J.Haverty donated his American art collection to help found the museum which now has famed architects' Richard Meier and Renzo Piano's buildings for the people of Atlanta.
This is a huge museum and has classical and modern art as well as photography. They have free Jazz concerts (with admission) on some friday nights and there is a new restaurant, Table 1280, which has elegant cuisine and tapas for museum goers.
They are open tuesdays through sundays, sometimes until late at night. A wonderful museum for all art lovers.
updated May 2011---still the best museum in the South----a great Photography exhibit (Henri Cartier Bresson) until mid-June as well as a great Folk area with lots of Howard Finster and other Southern Folk artists.
The High is one of Atlanta's many art museums but tends to draw more well known works (the Da Vinci Hand of Genius exhibit just left last year) than other Atlanta museums.
The third Friday of every month is known as Friday Night Jazz and the museum is open late to welcome those who have a fine taste for wine, jazz, and art. All summer long, they show movies on the green outside the museum. Also, frequently movie festivals are held at the theatres inside.
The museum is open typical museum hours (closes at 5 most days, open on weekends) but keeps later hours for special occassions (Valentine's Day is one of their biggest parties of the year).
For me this is pretty much the only attraction in Atlanta. Generally gets good traveling exhibits. The permanent collection is okay, but don't expect a lot of big name impressionists. Mostly a few good 20th century pieces, nice american 19th century. Some European, folk art. Small furniture and decorative arts selection. Gift shop is limited.
I didn't get to see the permanent collection, because at the time I was there they were showing a French Masterworks exhibit from the Puchkin Museum in Moscow. This exhibit was fantastic, and I'm sure the permanent collection is just as mesmerizing. I got in with a student ID for $10, and a tape-recorded headset tour was included.
The High is an excellent art museum located in downtown Atlanta. For me, the collection was overshadowed by the modern building that houses it.
The hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, Noon to 5pm.
$6/ children 6-17
Free/ kids under 6