The Birmingham Museum holds a powerful collection of American art that captures the diverse culture and communities of the United States as well as art from around the world.
This museum is fabulous and free :) Looking for something to do on the cheap when it's cold out? Go to the Art Museum. They have an area where the exhibits change every month or so. And they've added Bart's Art Cart to the weekends for the kids to get in on being a artist. Great fun!
Me and DH went here to the Pompeii exhibit and it was definitely better than expected. The facilities were super clean and everything was well laid out. I do think it is a little overpriced personally. I also think that smaller kids wouldn't enjoy seeing the museum very much. It makes for a great place for an unusual date though.
When you have 3 very rambunctious boys (age 5-11) in tow, the prospect of an art museum can be daunting. But we really had a lot of fun here. Something about the bigness and quietness of the museum calmed them down - they were actually looking at art and saying what they liked and didn't like! There was a little corner on the ground floor set up especially for kids too. It gave them materials and instructions on how to draw a self-portrait. We spent about 2 hours wandering around admiring the artwork. We'd go back again any day. Probably not the best for younger kids though.
Our extended family had only a few hours to visit this wonderful art museum in the heart of downtown Birmingham. So, we visited the website in advance to plan our visit. We found out about their free Highlights! tours which are offered every Tuesday through Friday at noon. This informative tour, no reservations required, gives you a great overview of the exhibitions and teaches you a bit more about some of the favorite pieces in their collections. Some of our group decided to leave the tour to linger longer in one of the galleries but we all regrouped for a tasty lunch in the cafe. The docents were very family friendly and even made helpful suggestions on pieces our children might find enjoyable. The "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" collection on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery was popular with the history buffs in the family. Overall, we made the most of our quick visit and hope to come back again when we are in town.
General admission is free for this museum that houses over 24,000 works of art highlighting different cultures, including Native American, folk art, and one of the largest collections of Asian art in the Southeast.
Admission is free. Sometimes there are special exhibits that charge a fee, but they have lots of free programs and events as well, including Free Family Fun Day one Saturday a month with special kid-focused activities.