High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast, housing a large permanent collection of more than 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary. It also features many special exhibitions and hosts community programs and events throughout the year.
The museum’s highlights include strong holdings of American and European paintings and sculptures, artwork from the African continent and modern and contemporary art. In addition, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has one of the largest collections of civil rights-era prints in the U.S. and a significant folk and self-taught art collection.
The museum is currently working on a permanent collection reinstallation, and while this occurs, all permanent collection galleries are closed for renovation. They’re expected to reopen in soon.
Below, discover the not-to-be-missed exhibits, tickets and hours details and other insider’s info on the illustrious High Museum of Art:
Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki
Through Oct. 7
Sonic Playground animates the Sifly Piazza with the installation of sound sculptures by Yuri Suzuki that modify and transmit sound in fun and interesting ways. For example, parabolic structures allow a person on one side of the Piazza to clearly hear what someone on the other side is saying. And switch structures swap the way you hear sound by changing their input. Your right ear will receive sounds from your left and vice versa.
Upcoming: With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith
Sept. 29, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019
When gold medalist Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to support human and civil rights, it ignited years of debate and discussion that continue today as some athletes now take a knee during the national anthem. Smith, who lives in Stone Mountain, worked with Los Angeles conceptual artist Glenn Kaino to create works such as “Bridge,” a 100-foot long sculpture made from gold-painted casts of Smith’s arms suspended in the air. The exhibition also includes Kaino’s “Invisible Man (Salute)” sculpture, which depicts Smith with his fist raised and is made of blackened aluminum and mirrored stainless steel. From the front, visitors see reflections of themselves.
Upcoming: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, Nov. 18, 2018-Feb. 17, 2019
Six Infinity Mirror rooms, which are known for their kaleidoscopic environments created by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, will span the entire second floor of the High Museum of Art’s Wieland Pavilion. Her latest room, “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,” which features the artist’s vibrant yellow dotted pumpkins will be included. You’ll also be able to see sculptures, paintings and more pieces created by the 87-year-old artist during her long career.
If you’re visiting the High, the museum’s staff offers information on what you need to know and also recommends the following important exhibitions you won’t want to miss:
Hours and ticket information
The High Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. The High is open until 10 p.m. every third Friday of the month for Friday Jazz.
Advance tickets are recommended, but not required. In addition, you can buy tickets at the museum, including at self-service ticketing kiosks.
Tickets are issued until one hour before closing and are $14.50 for ages 6 and above and free for ages 5 and under.
Special promotions to help you save on tickets to the High include:
Half-price admission: Admission to the museum is half off through Oct. 13.
Second Sundays: Free admission is available on the second Sunday of each month with family-friendly programing from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Bank of America Museums on Us: Walk-up admission is free on the first full weekend of each month for Bank of America cardholders.
How to get there
The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, and can be reached by rail, bus or car:
By rail: The museum is directly across the street from the MARTA Arts Center (N5) station. Exit the station at the top level, and follow the signs directing you to the museum.
By bus: Check out MARTA’s schedule to find a route that takes you to the High.
By car: Drive to the High via I-86 Southbound, I-75 Southbound, I-20 or I-75/85 Northbound.
Garage parking is available underneath the museum for $10 on weekdays for the first four hours until 5 p.m.; $15 after four hours on weekdays until 5 p.m. only; $15 for 5 p.m.-7 a.m. on weekdays; and $15 for all day Saturday, Sunday and for special events. Event valet parking is $25, and High Museum members can park for $8 during museum hours, based on availability.
For more information about the High, call 404-733-4444 for recorded information, 404-733-4400 to speak to a receptionist from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays, or the box office at 404-733-5000. You can also visit the museum’s website at www.high.org.
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