The Huntsville Museum of Art, North Alabama’s leading visual arts center, moved to its beautiful facility in Big Spring International Park in March 1998. Since that time, the nationally-accredited Museum has filled its galleries with a variety of exhibitions throughout the year, including prestigious traveling exhibits and the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists.
The Museum’s own permanent collection includes more than 3,000 objects and also forms the basis for several exhibitions each year. In addition, the Museum offers rental areas on the Plaza Level, Gallery Level and in The Great Hall for weddings, meetings and other events. Visitors may also shop for local art, jewelry, handmade items and much more in The Museum Store.
In addition to its exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures, and musical presentations that add extra dimensions to the art work on display.
Mission Statement: The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. The mission of the Museum is to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the highest quality works of art.
- 2010 The expansion, named The Davidson Center for the Arts for its largest contributors, opened on November 21, 2010. The new facility includes seven new exhibition galleries, the Stender Family Education Galleries (which house interactive and hands-on exhibits), four new special event facilities and an adjacent parking lot for ease of access.
- 2007 On February 23, 2007, the Museum formally announced its plans for future expansion with “Masterpiece in the Making, The Capital Campaign” for the Huntsville Museum of Art. The plan had an $11 million goal: $8 million for facility enhancement and $3 million for endowment.
- 2006 HMA proudly unveiled its latest addition, Plaza in the Park, in January 2006. Plaza in the Park added additional spaces to the lower level of the Museum opening on to Big Spring International Park. The Plaza featured the former restaurants Palette Café and Café Baba, former Signature Gallery Museum Store, Museum Academy classrooms and the Children’s Community Gallery. This was truly a place for visitors to eat, shop, create and view art. With the Plaza in the Park feature, the Museum’s total square footage grew to 52,000. Plaza in the Park now consists of the Museum Academy, Children’s Community Gallery and Pane ē Vino Pizzeria.
- 1998 The new facility opened to the public in March 1998 with more than 8,000 people visiting during the initial opening weekend. With usable gallery space of approximately 15,000 square feet, the new Museum significantly increased the breadth of its exhibitions for the community and region, including annual large-scale “blockbuster” exhibitions of international caliber.
- 1990s the facility space was inadequate for the growing needs of the Museum, and a new free-standing facility was planned to occupy a site in Big Spring International Park in the heart of downtown Huntsville. The City of Huntsville committed $4 million in capital funds, and a public capital campaign raised the additional $3.4 million needed. A local architectural firm was employed to design the 3-story, 46,000-square-foot building.
- 1982 With the completion of a 6,000-square-foot addition to the facility, exhibition gallery space expanded from 6,100 square feet to 8,600 square feet.
- 1980 HMA was accredited by the American Association of Museums
- 1975 In March, the Museum’s first permanent facility opened to the public. The facility encompassed 17,000 square feet in a wing of the Von Braun Civic Center in downtown Huntsville.
- 1973 The Museum’s first director was appointed, and its first exhibitions were held in a municipal building. The following year, temporary offices and exhibitions were relocated to a building on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
- 1970 The Huntsville Museum of Art was founded on August 13, 1970, with the establishment by City ordinance of the Museum Board of the City of Huntsville.