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This museum's permanent collection includes 19th- and 20-century American works, including many by African-American artists. It also has some stellar examples of contemporary and outsider art—don't miss the works by the self-taught artist Rev. Howard Finster. The building itself is a work of art; the American Institute of Architects listed the sleek structure, designed by Richard Meier, among the 10 best works of American architecture of the 1980s. A 2005 expansion designed by Renzo Piano doubled the museum's size to 312,000 square feet with three new aluminum-paneled buildings. The roof features a system of 1,000 "light scoops" that filter light into the skyway galleries. The High often partners with other major museums, including the Louvre and New York's Museum of Modern Art.

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  • Address: Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Midtown, Atlanta, GA 30309 | Map It
  • Phone: 404/733–4444
  • Cost: $19.50
  • Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10–5; Thurs. 10–8; Sun. noon–5
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  • Location: Midtown and Westside
Updated: 11-09-2012

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    Worthwhile art museum

    Very good art museum, which has works by a few name artists (Monet, Rodin, Sargent) but has strengths in more unusual niches. Excellent outsider and primitive art collection, with plenty of excellent works by Howard Finster, Nellie Mae Rowe, Ulysses Davis, and others. Also has contemporary art, 19th century US sculpture, English ceramics, and turn of the 20th century canvases by lesser known but talented US painters. It's all housed in a very striking modernist building. Well worth the visit, and located right at the MARTA stop.

    by bachslunch, 4/1/09
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    Very Third Rate

    I love Richard Meier, but a waste in atlanta. The collection was disappointing.

    Most of the other patrons were incredibly crude and ill-mannered.

    Then, our car had been broken into when we returned.

    by BeBopsie, 11/21/08
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    A Respectable Art Museum in the US

    This art museum is not a bad find for the US market. It currently has a fabulous exhibit of the French King's artwork on loan from the Louvre. The museum is large, but not overbearing and can be viewed in a few hours. The only complaints I have is that parking is hard to find and expensive and the admission price is kind of steep ($12).

    by A_MN, 6/18/07

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