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Maier Museum of Art

1 Quinlan St, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA 24503-1519
+1 434-947-8136
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Tidy size, satisfying selection for American art

Really enjoyed the selection, but what's particularly strong about the Maier is the descriptions... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edward D
Thoroughly enjoyed this treasure!!!

We went to the Maier Museum of Art, thanks to other TripAdvisor reviews. This museum is small, but... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
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The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College houses an outstanding collection of American art, chiefly paintings, works on paper, and photographs dating from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Located on the Randolph campus and open to visitors year-round, the Museum serves both the academic community and the general public and offers changing exhibitions, rotating displays of the College’s permanent collection, and educational programs. THE COLLECTION: The Collection’s strengths lie in American Impressionism and in early 20th-century Realism. The Collection in general features excellent works illustrating the evolution of American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Among the artists represented are Mary Cassatt, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart, and Andrew Wyeth. PROJECT Y: In 1951, the National Gallery of Art (or the NGA) chose the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as the site of a secret art storage facility in the event of a national emergency. In the face of nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union, this specially-designed structure would safeguard the nation’s art treasures. In exchange for its ownership, the College agreed to maintain and insure the facility, making it available for emergency storage for a total of 50 years. Given the code name “Project Y,” construction was supervised by NGA staff. Simply called “the art gallery” by the R-MWC community, the facility was dedicated on December 11th, 1952. Though Project Y was never used by the NGA, the gallery remained listed as a viable emergency location until 1979. A 1983 endowment established by the Pauline and Sarah Maier Scholarship Fund created the museum that stands today. The Maier Museum of Art carries the spirit of its original purpose, housing a collection of art for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
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1 Quinlan St, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA 24503-1519
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the selection, but what's particularly strong about the Maier is the descriptions next to each picture which really help the viewer to contextualize and think about what s/he is looking at.

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We went to the Maier Museum of Art, thanks to other TripAdvisor reviews. This museum is small, but just big enough for an art lover to get their "art fix" and for small children to be able to appreciate some pieces of art before getting...More

Thank gerric318
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

We happened upon this museum by reading about it in our AAA trip book! As an artist I love seeing newer art as well as the classics. This museum has both and was a joy to visit! We took about an hour and a half...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

In fairness, I've been to most of the great art museums in the western hemisphere.What I liked is that while the collection is small, the plaques on each piece gave more info. than most, explaining about the artist's training and life, as well as other...More

Thank Christy C
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

This is a small museum owned by Randolph College. The collection is impressive although some of the finest works were sold to maintain the college. There are some gems here by well known 19th and 20th century artists--Dove, Cassatt, O'Keeffe.. Definitely worth the stop.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Maier Museum is a small treasure adjoining Randolph College. Yes, small--but a better word would be manageable for viewers with limited time who want THE BEST AMERICAN ART outside of "Mr. Mellon's museums"--the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond AND, of course, The...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Maier Museum of Art is a treasure in Lynchburg. The collection covers lovely works by many well known American artists. Do not miss visiting this small, stunning museum.

Thank Laura B
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Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for visiting and for your kind review! We hope you will return again soon.

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Fantastic collection gathered in a quaint-sized museum at Randolph College. I was offered a personalized tour by Lucy, who kindly brought my attention to details I might have overlooked. Another kind gentleman volunteer answered questions about its history. The size was just right to spend...More

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Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for taking time to visit the Maier Museum of Art and leaving a review for us. We're so glad you had such a pleasant experience and we hope you are able to visit again soon!

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Maier Museum is owned and operated by Randolph College and supports the college's art collection. Regular rotating curated exhibits occur in conjunction with curricular offerings, but are easily accessible and wonderfully educational for everyone. The permanent exhibits are remarkably diverse. Lots of family friendly...More

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Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review of the Maier Museum of Art!

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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Great little Museum. The staff were extremely friendly. I enjoyed the exhibits and will definitely make a return visit.

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Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for taking time to leave a review of the Maier Museum of Art and our staff. We hope you have been able to visit us again and, if not, we hope you can come by soon to check out our most recent exhibitions!

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