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Fort Smith Regional Art Museum

1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-3826
+1 479-784-2787
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Nice little museum

Nice little museum. Very clean. Staff person was very nice and friendly. We saw a Smithsonian photo... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2017
Kenneth R
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Garland, Texas
thursday

If there is a new exhibit, there usually is a Thursday gathering complete with drinks and cheese... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2017
milehighbullet1
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (RAM) Mission Statement: To foster art appreciation in the community through diverse exhibitions, educational programming, dynamic events, and cultural partnerships. RAM (Regional Art Museum) originated in 1948 under the Arkansas Association of University Women. In 1951 the Associated Artists of Fort Smith evolved and began exhibiting art and holding classes in various locations throughout Fort Smith. In 1960 an old Victorian home was purchased, and in 1968 the Fort Smith Art Center was incorporated. The Art Center offered a valuable service for local and regional artists by offering valuable space for its artists for five decades. The January 2013 opening of the museum located at 1601 Rogers Avenue in the heart of Fort Smith marks a major turning point for this organization. The new Fort Smith Regional Art Museum offers greatly expanded programming and exhibitions. Arvest Bank made the expansion possible by donating the 16,000 square foot building to RAM in January 2009, following a $211 million dollar buyout of Superior Federal Bank in 2003. The stunning transformation from bank to museum was completed by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects who were tasked with the job of repurposing an abandoned mid-century building into a 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum. The existing terrazzo floor was maintained in the lobby and the monumental staircase was also left untouched. The beautiful two-story Carrara marble support column was also left completely intact and is visible from the lobby In addition to ongoing exhibitions the museum offers classes for children and adults, lectures, opening receptions, galas, and artist-led workshops. The museum offers facility rentals and a specialty gift shop featuring one-of-a-kind items created by local and regional artists. The new state-of-the-art Museum meets national standards and presents an exciting opportunity for cultural growth in the region. RAM is climate-controlled and fully equipped to facilitate nationally and internationally recognized traveling exhibitions.
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Oct 18, 2017
“Nice little museum”
May 1, 2017
“thursday”
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1601 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901-3826
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Nice little museum. Very clean. Staff person was very nice and friendly. We saw a Smithsonian photo exhibit on life in the 1970's. Was well laid out and enjoyable. Very small gift shop.

Thank Kenneth R
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

If there is a new exhibit, there usually is a Thursday gathering complete with drinks and cheese. If you are a member and I recommend this, it is free otherwise a small charge. The management is professional here and make you feel welcomed always. A...More

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent view ; very nice to walk around and get to know more about the city.. alot Information about the ancestors.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was the perfect museum trip while sightseeing in Fort Smith. It took about an hour to go through. There are traveling exhibits. Very friendly staff. Must see the clothespin trees in front of the museum.

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

First year I was a member, second year was a non member. Mistake not repeated,I was impressed with the last exhibition and plan to renew my support. Well managed and plan on experiencing a high quality art museum.

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Beautiful building that was a bank. Very friendly staff and nice galleries of local and regional art. They also have great art programs.

Thank Tom F
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

I've been to the RAM a number of times and always found the exhibitions enjoyable and the staff friendly. A bonus for me is that I'm a fan of mid-century modern architecture and the building (originally built as a bank) is an excellent example. I've...More

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