The beginnings of the art collection at the Huntington Museum of Art occurred with the substantial gift of Herbert Fitzpatrick, a prominent Huntington citizen who also donated the fifty acres of land upon which the Museum was built. His outstanding collection of paintings, prints, English silver and Islamic prayer rugs was soon augmented by other gifts of individual art collections, disparate in nature, but uniform in their high standards of quality. The Museum has continued to build upon the collecting blueprint that was established in its beginning stages, adding objects of comparable quality which enhance its ability to serve its audience.
Only a small portion (about 10%) of the collection is on view at any given time. The Museum has permanent collection galleries and temporary galleries. Permanent collection galleries include The Herman Dean Firearms Gallery, The Touma Near Eastern Gallery, and the Glass Gallery, which features the Wilbur Myers Glass Collection. One thousand glass objects (out of 4,000 glass pieces in the collection) are on view in a visual storage format.
Individual objects may, at times, rotate in or out of these galleries. Certain works of art may not be on view at times, and certain galleries may be closed for reinstallation. Access to particular galleries or works of art can be determined by calling the Museum. We regret any inconvenience to visitors. We hope you enjoy your visit.