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“Fabulous museum inside classic home”

Hunter Museum of American Art
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Owner description: The Hunter offers amazing architecture, a stunning permanent collection and exciting temporary exhibitions, a museum store and café by Dipped Fresh. The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The variety of the collection inside is reflected by the architecture of the museum's exterior. The museum is housed in an early twentieth century mansion, a modern 1970s era building and a sleek, contemporary structure of steel and glass. The museum's collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, video, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a diverse range of styles and periods. A few of the well-known artists whose work is represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Robert S. Duncanson, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol. The Hunter Museum is a 501 (C) 3 Non-Profit charitable institution.
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

This was an easy one to like. The original home that houses the brunt of the collection was a museum piece itself. Lots of interesting tidbits and an audio guide helps fill in the gaps. Well worth a couple of hours of your time.

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"old mansion"
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"the river"
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"special exhibit"
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"modern addition"
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"modern wing"
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"on display"
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"great collection"
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"traveling exhibits"
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"blown glass"
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"three buildings"
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"glass bridge"
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"nice gift shop"
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Nice Museum for a small town, They had 2 Hassam's, 2 Cassatt's, a Washington
by Peale, and some Chihuly pieces. Nothing mind blowing, but still interesting
pieces for a city this size. The price is a little high for what you see, but still
worth the price.

Thank jbtraveller2000
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The Hunter Museum is a real treasure. Our group ranged in age from 4 to 73 and everyone was more than pleased with our visit. This is not a huge museum on the scale of the MOMA or the National Gallery of Art. You won't find a room full of works by each artist. But...you will find many excellent works by great artists.
We saw paintings, prints and sculptures by Jacob Lawrence, Roy Lichtenstein, Red Grooms, Milton Avery, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Rembrandt Peale, Dale Chihuly, and many others. All the works were well displayed with interesting and engaging information.
The temporary exhibits included "New Media, new Millennium" which features some amazing digital art. We literally had to drag the 4-year-old away. Another temporary exhibit, "Under the Mexican Sky" included excellent pieces by Strand, Weston, Modotti, Cartier-Bresson, etc.

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were in town for a weekday/weekend getaway. We ate brunch on a Friday at the Blue Plate and decide to walk to the Hunter Museum on this dreary, rainy day. We enjoyed the walk and the approach to this architecturally interesting building.

The admission price of $15.00 was a bit stiff but we pretty much had the place to ourselves. There were two temporary exhibits. The first we went through was digital art and we found that intriguing. The next one was Mexican photography. This was just ok but the security guard on duty was very annoying. He reminded me of Barney Fife. We were the only two people in the room and he followed us around and watched us like a hawk.

The permanent exhibit included a lot of variety and was supposed to be primarily American art from the colonial period to the present but there was much more.

If you wanted to learn more about a piece you could dial a number on your cell phone and follow the prompts to get much more information and listen to music from the period.

Thank Jeffrey B
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

The docents leading the tour were knowledgable and interesting. Interesting was key for this group of teenage homeschoolers. My kids loved it and want to return on our own time.

Thank ellendod
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