Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is much more than a museum. It is a place where all age groups from toddlers to senior citizens can learn, explore, and even grab a bite to eat at Café M.
Founded in 1930, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is the oldest fine arts museum in the state of Alabama. Begun by artist John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Harry S. Houghton, and the “Morning View Painters,” the museum has always had an abiding interest in American Art. The original location was in an abandoned school building provided by the City of Montgomery at an annual rent of one dollar.
The original museum building may have been small, but the programming was adventurous. Early loan exhibitions featured furniture, silver, china, pictures, and historical relics, often on loan from local or regional collectors. Special traveling exhibitions included such important collections as English and American Portraits from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and two presentations of Renaissance paintings from the Kress Collection.
Even from the earliest years of existence, it was clear that Montgomery’s new art museum was committed to exhibiting artworks of national and international significance, as well as the work of its most talented area artists. The mission of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art of the highest quality for the enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of its public.
July Summer Events:
First Sundays: 1pm-2pm
Learn more about the works of art on view and latest exhibitions at the Museum with docent-led tours offered the first Sunday of each month. These tours are free and open to the public, no reservations required.
Third Saturdays: 1pm-2pm
Learn more about the works of art on view and latest exhibitions at the Museum with docent-led tours offered the third Saturday of each month. These tours are free and open to the public, no reservations required.
ArtTalk: 6pm-8pm Thursday nights
This group is a bi-monthly program for Museum members during which artists share one artwork apiece and receive feedback from their peers. Get an up-close look at artists, their work, and the creative process in this unique program designed for artists in the area as well as those interested in art. ArtTalk has been celebrating the work of Montgomery area artists for over 25 years.
Admission to the museum is free! You may choose to browse the museum on your own or consider a free docent-led tour offered twice a month. For more information about the museum, tours, summer camps, or membership, visit the website at https://mmfa.org/ or visit the museum which is located at One Museum Drive, Montgomery, Alabama, 36117.