Incorporated in 1947 and opened to the public in 1952, Huntington Museum of Art (formerly known as Huntington Galleries) serves the public as a museum and cultural center and, in the greater community, acts as a presence and advocate for the areas of arts, education, and nature. HMA’s mission is furthered by its four commitments: to acquire and display objects of art, provide excellence in education and arts experiences, maintain a plant conservatory and nature trails, and expand its service population.
Huntington Museum of Art’s creation was made possible by a group of visionary citizens led by Herbert Fitzpatrick, who donated his art collection of 435 objects and 52 acres of land for the Museum’s location. Today, as the only nationally accredited visual art museum of its size in the Tri-State region, HMA encompasses a permanent art collection of more than 16,000 objects, ten exhibition spaces, an interactive education gallery, an art reference library of nearly 27,000 volumes, a 287-seat auditorium, the only tropical and subtropical plant conservatory in the state of West Virginia, a coral reef aquarium, two outdoor sculpture courts, five studio workshops, two miles of hiking trails, and a quarter-mile paved accessible Sensory Trail for the visually impaired. HMA’s principle outreach program, Museum Making Connections, is the only visual arts education program of its size and scope in the area, providing free and low-cost art opportunities to the region.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, HMA serves thousands of patrons each year and has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and international cultural tourists from around the globe. Our facility, a significant portion of which was designed by renowned Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius, is scenically located on McCoy Road just a short drive up the hill from Huntington’s beautiful Ritter Park. The grounds, galleries, and studios provide an outstanding venue for visitors to discover, learn, and create.
Huntington Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for cleaning.
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