National Calendar of Art Exhibitions
with an emphasis on American representational art
at museums and other non-profit organizations
How to make the most of your visit to an exhibition
If you are touring, you will find many non-profit American art venues Indexed by State within the United States. These are venues covered in Resource Library articles and essays. There is an expanded list (see A-C D-G H-L M-Q R-S T-Z) in connection with the National Calendar of Exhibitions.
Call the museum in advance to see if you can:
Always verify dates directly with museums before visiting their exhibitions.
Museums often have closed days. Mondays are common in the USA but sometimes there are other closed days or multiple closed days. It's a good idea to arrive early or late in the day when there are less crowds. Many museums have tours for school children in the morning, causing increased traffic. Some museums have evening hours and many offer free days throughout the year.
When arriving you can get an idea of what the museum considers it's most cherished works by scanning the postcards in the museum gift shop. Or take a look through books that describe the museum's collection. Larger museums have kiosks, brochures, and even computer rooms for viewing the collection on a screen.
Use TFAO's Topics in American Art to learn more about many of the listed exhibitions. Exhibition inclusions usually appear a month or more after exhibit openings.
To enrich your museum visit read TFAO's Museums Explained. Also, to learn how museums put together exhibitions and tour them, please see TFAO's Planning, Organizing and Touring Art Exhibitions.
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