The Morris Museum Of Art
The Morris Museum of Art is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. In addition to the permanent collection galleries, the museum hosts eight to ten temporary special exhibitions every year. The museum also houses the Center for the Study of Southern Art, a reference and research library that includes archives pertaining to artists working in the South.
First incorporated as a nonprofit foundation in 1985, the Morris Museum of Art was established by William S. Morris III in memory of his parents William Shivers Morris, Jr,. and Florence Hill Morris.
The purchase in 1989 of 230 paintings from the collection of Robert P. Coggins, a renowned collector of Southern art, established a focus and direction for the museum. Parts of Coggins's vast collection had been exhibited in museums around the country, and several other public institutions were vying for it when the purchase was made on behalf of the nascent Morris Museum. Another significant development of that year was the establishment of a reference library, which has evolved into the Center for the Study of Southern Art, an important reference resource.
On September 26, 1992, the Morris Museum of Art opened its doors to the public and attracted more than ten thousand visitors in its first three months of operation. Since then, it has strived to fulfill its promise to make the language of artistic expression in the South accessible to a large and diverse audience through dozens of exhibitions and publications. The museum's education department has developed art education programs at many different grade levels in partnership with local school s...
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Permanent Collection Highlights (11)
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The Morris Museum of Art's permanent collection includes nearly 3,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The galleries are organized to showcase art of different time periods and themes such as Antebellum portraiture, art of the Civil War, Impressionism in the South, landscape painting, photography, early- to mid- Twentieth Century art, late-Twentieth Century to contemporary art, and work by self-taught artists.
Current Temporary Exhibitions:
Abbot, Audubon, Catesby, and Wilson: Naturalists in the South
June 30 - August 26, 2007
Genomes and Daily Observations
June 30 0 August 26, 2007
Beyond This World: Paintings by Lorenzo Scott
July 14 - September 9, 2007
The Art of John Dos Passos
September 8 - November 25, 2007
A Collector's Discoveries and Revelations
September 22 - November 11, 2007
Pleasant Journeys and Good Eats Along the Way: A Retrospective of Paintings by John Baeder
December 8, 2007 - March 9, 2008
November 24, 2007 - February 24, 2008
Something to Look Forward To: Abstract Art by 22 Distinguished Americans of African Discent
March 22 - May 25, 2008
Seniors (65+) $3
Students with ID $3
Military with ID $3
Children under 6 admitted free with an adult
Free to museum members
Free on Sundays
Tuesdayâ€“Saturday: 10:00 a.m.â€“5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noonâ€“5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
The Morris Museum of Art is located on the Riverwalk, overlooking the Savannah River, at 1 Tenth Street (Augusta Riverfront Center) in downtown, Augusta, Georgia. The museum galleries are located on the second floor of the Augusta Riverfront Center. The auditorium is on the first floor. Administrative offices and the Center for the Study of Southern Art are located on the third floor.
Exit onto River Watch Parkway (exit 200). Turn left and follow River Watch Parkway into downtown Augusta, where it turns into Jones Street. Turn left onto 10th Street where Jones Street ends. Cross Reynolds Street and turn left onto Tatnall Street. The museum parking lot is the second entrance on the right.
Mondayâ€“Friday, normal business hours: visitors who will be at the museum no longer than one hour may park in the spaces near the museum entrance that are marked for such visits. Visitors to the museum after 5:00 on weekdays and at anytime on weekends may park in any available spaces.
Audioguides about the permanent collection are available at the reception desk and are free with admission.
A coat check is located next to the reception desk.
Strollers are available for small children.
Wheelchairs are available upon request.
The museum's store is open during regular gallery hours.
Please do not touch works of art.
Food and beverages are not allowed in the galleries.
Tobacco products and chewing gum are strictly prohibited anywhere in the facility.
Still and video photography is not allowed in the galleries without prior consent of museum management.
Umbrellas, backpacks, and large bags are not allowed in the galleries.
Out of consideration for other visitors, please do not use cellular phones in the galleries.
Pets are not allowed in the galleries. However, assistive animals, such as guide dogs for the blind are permitted.
Sketching artwork in the galleries is allowed only with express permission of the Morris Museum of Art. Please visit the reception desk for full information about museum policies on sketching in the galleries and to obtain permission to sketch.
Museum internal and external photos (1)
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The Morris Museum of Art offers a variety of tours for visiting groups.
General tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions are available for adult and youth groups. Theme tours and outreach presentations are available upon request.
Group tours are available by appointment and can be customized to meet the specific needs and interests of your group. Rates are $3.00 per adult/youth; tour coordinators are admitted free.
To book a group visit to the museum, complete an online group admission reservation form at www.themorris.org. A confirmation will be sent to your email address within three working days. Alternatively, call (706) 724-7501 for more information about booking a tour.
Please note that no tours may be booked with less than two weeks notice and that you may be asked to select an alternate date and or/time should your first selection be unavailable.
Morris Museum of Art tour programs are designed to support Georgia and South Carolina curricula. Tours are interdisciplinary and enhance classroom learning in social studies, language arts, and visual arts. Tours are also participatory, engaging students in discussions and small group assignments.
The museum also offers outreach programs that bring art into the classroom with traveling instructors, opportunity for museum tours, and hands-on activities that reinforce the concepts learned.
Members of the Morris Museum of Art enjoy a wide variety of benefits including free admission to the museum, a
10% discount in museum store,
free use of museum's reference library, a quarterly newsletter, museum-sponsored travel opportunities, and advance notice of and invitation to special museum events. Additional membership levels offer additional benefits.
The Morris Museum of Art has special interest groups available to members to enhance their experience of the museum. These include Young at Art, Friends of African American Art, The Morris 100, and Friends of the Library.
The Morris Museum of Art is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and as such, offers its members the opportunity to receive Smithsonian member benefits in addition to those of the Morris.
The Morris Museum of Art's beautiful collection of Southern art and the spaces in which it is presented create an ambience that is unique in Augusta. The auditorium, activity room, and the boardroom are especially well suited to business meetings and presentations.