Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the High Museum of Art is the leading classic and contemporary art museum in Southern United States. Between the museum’s extensive art collection and renowned architecture, the High Museum of Art is definitely an attraction you don’t want to miss.

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When the High Museum of Art was initially founded in 1905, it was known as the Atlanta Art Association. From 1905 to 1926 the Atlanta Art Association floated around town, showcasing its collection and exhibits. But, Mrs. Joseph M. High gave the Atlanta Art Association her Peachtree home, so the association would have a permanent residence.

During the next few decades, the Atlanta Art Association received various art and monetary donations that enabled them to prosper. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Atlanta Art Association in the early 1960s. In 1962, the Atlanta Art Association began a specialized European at initiative, which involved 122 art supporters. The 122 members were to travel across European’s major art capitals, and return with new insight, knowledge, and possibly at work.

Unfortunately, the return flight was unable to properly takeoff, and crashed near Orly Field in France. What is known as the Orly plane Crash, left the global art community devastated at its loss. In order to honor the victims of the Orly plane crash, the French government granted the Atlanta Art Association a sculpture, The Shade by Rodin.

After the devastating Orly plane crash, the Atlanta Art Association revamped their art and educational initiatives. Within the next few decades, the Atlanta Art Association instilled new programs, and even created a new facility. In 1979, Robert W. Woodruff granted the association a $7.5 million grant for a new location. The $7.5 million grant eventually became a whopping $20 million, which led to renowned architect Richard Meier to design the new museum. The new museum building opened in 1983, as the same time the Atlanta Art Association changed their name to the High Museum of Art.

The High Museum of Art is home to over 15,000 pieces of art that include artwork from all regions of the world. If you don’t have the chance to visit the High Museum of Art, or you want to check out a detailed list of the museum’s permanent attractions, then check out the High Museum of Art’s mobile app, ArtClix.

African Art has a variety of art that dates back to ancient African art forms to modern contemporary. Although this exhibit has a wide variety of African art, the bulk of this collection lies within western sculptures, masks, beadwork, and ceramic arts.

American Art is home to some of the most significant American art works available. With over 1,000 pieces of art in this exhibit, the bulk of the artwork features pieces from the late nineteenth century. Highlighted artists include; Marsden Hartley, Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Merritt, and Frederic Edwin Church.

Decorative Arts & Design showcases the influence and significance of decorative arts from 1640 to modern day. With over 2,300 objects in this exhibit, Decorative Arts & Design displays a variety to time periods and artists. Some of the highlights of this exhibit include pieces from; Tiffany & Co., Alexander Roux, Frances Emory Cocke Collection of English Ceramics, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Folk and Self-Taught Art displays the influential pieces of art that are created by Southern artists. This exhibit is recognized as the first of its kind in an established American museum. Some of the featured artists include; William Hawkins, Bill Traylor, Louis Monza, and Sam Doyle.

Although the High Museum of Art has an extensive collection of permanent attractions, the museum frequently houses special attractions. Below are some of the current special attractions at the museum:

Arbus, Avedon, and Winogrand: Photographs from the Collection displays some of the most iconic photographs from renowned photographers Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, and Garry Winogrand. This exhibit is available until February 26, 2017.

I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle explores the work of beloved children book illustrator, Eric Carle. This exhibit will be on display until January 8, 2017.

The High Museum of Art offers many educational programs for school children, whether they attend private or public school, or are homeschooled. School children have the option of attending a specialized interactive tour of the museum, as well as attending free lectures and classes.

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