Top 5 Art Museums in Alabama

In this inaugural Top 5 Art List we visit a subject not recently visited by art news websites - the Top 5 Alabama Art Museums.


5. Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

Formerly known as the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art boasts an impressive collection of American art. Originally the private collection of paper mogul, Jack Warner, visitors to the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art can find works by American artists such as Edward Hopper, James McNeill Whistler, and Mary Cassatt.

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4. Mobile Museum of Art

Founded in 1963, the Mobile Museum of Art is the major art museum of the Mobile Area as well as one of the largest art museums in southern Alabama. Collection highlights include the Children in Art Collection that includes artwork of children from the seventeenth-nineteenth centuries.


3. Alabama Contemporary Art Center

In addition to the Mobile Museum of Art, art lovers in Mobile, Alabama can get their contemporary art fix at the Alabama Contemporary Center. Located in downtown Mobile, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center features rotating exhibits ranging from contemporary photography to interactive installations. The Alabama Contemporary Art Center also hosts classes, workshops, and educational opportunities for novice to experienced artists.


2. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Besides being the capital city of Alabama, Montgomery is also home to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The MMFA boasts an impressive collection of American Art as well as the works of Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Dürer. The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts interactive gallery ARTWORKS attracts more than 160,000 visitors looking to experience the MMFA’s collection in a more hands-on way.

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1. Birmingham Museum of Art

With more than 24,000 works of art, the Birmingham Museum of Art has the largest collection of artwork in Alabama and one the largest collections in the southern United States. The Birmingham Museum of Art collection includes examples of African, Asian, and Pre-Columbian art as well as important of Alabamian and American art. Highlights of the collection include Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley and John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Helen Vincent, Viscountess D'Abernon.