We always look forward to heading down south to spend time with family and unwind from the busy and fast-paced city life we are accustomed to in Washington, D.C. We recently traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to visit family and although this was our fourth or fifth trip down south with the girls, it was my first time exploring local kid-friendly attractions and activities so I was super excited to find an art museum with an interactive kids area and a diverse collection of artwork.
I was totally surprised to discover that Montgomery is home to the oldest fine arts museum in the entire state of Alabama, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The museum, founded in 1930, is a department of the City of Montgomery and is supported by funds from the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association. The various programs that MMFA provides for the community are made possible, in part, by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The state-of-the-art museum is located in Blount Cultural Park, a 77 acre park in Montgomery, Alabama, which is also home to the Bark Park, as well as the private grounds of the world renowned Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In 2018, the Museum will celebrate its 30th anniversary of being located in Blount Cultural Park.
The best part of this museum is hands down ArtWorks! ArtWorks, which is sponsored by Alabama Power, was designed to expose the littlest of art aficionados to art through experiential learning also known as learning through play. The interactive gallery complements the Museum’s permanent collection and featured installations. Inside ArtWorks there is a miniature museum, a construction of Edward Hopper’s painting New York Office, an area where movements are mirrored on a colorful video wall, and a giant kaleidoscope. The Upper Crust is the landing above the entire ArtWorks space and is the perfect place for imaginative play with children of all ages.The are also drop-in art activities and programs led by the an ArtWorks Educator. Visit ArtWorks on Thursday afternoons at 2:30pm to explore the arts of different cultures. These classes are first come first serve and limited to 25 students.
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is open weekly Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm,Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from noon until 5 pm and admission is free. For more information or to plan your visit, call (334) 240-4333 or visit their website at www.mmfa.org.