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Maier Museum of Art

1 Quinlan St, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA 24503-1519
+1 434-947-8136
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Remarkable Collection

Maier Museum of Art is a treasure in Lynchburg. The collection covers lovely works by many well... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Laura B
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Annapolis, Maryland
Personalized Tour and Sweet Little Museum

Fantastic collection gathered in a quaint-sized museum at Randolph College. I was offered a... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Rosemarie H
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The Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College houses an outstanding collection of American art, chiefly paintings, works on paper, and photographs dating from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Located on the Randolph campus and open to visitors year-round, the Museum serves both the academic community and the general public and offers changing exhibitions, rotating displays of the College’s permanent collection, and educational programs. THE COLLECTION: The Collection’s strengths lie in American Impressionism and in early 20th-century Realism. The Collection in general features excellent works illustrating the evolution of American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Among the artists represented are Mary Cassatt, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert Stuart, and Andrew Wyeth. PROJECT Y: In 1951, the National Gallery of Art (or the NGA) chose the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College as the site of a secret art storage facility in the event of a national emergency. In the face of nuclear threat posed by the Soviet Union, this specially-designed structure would safeguard the nation’s art treasures. In exchange for its ownership, the College agreed to maintain and insure the facility, making it available for emergency storage for a total of 50 years. Given the code name “Project Y,” construction was supervised by NGA staff. Simply called “the art gallery” by the R-MWC community, the facility was dedicated on December 11th, 1952. Though Project Y was never used by the NGA, the gallery remained listed as a viable emergency location until 1979. A 1983 endowment established by the Pauline and Sarah Maier Scholarship Fund created the museum that stands today. The Maier Museum of Art carries the spirit of its original purpose, housing a collection of art for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
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1 Quinlan St, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA 24503-1519
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

Maier Museum of Art is a treasure in Lynchburg. The collection covers lovely works by many well known American artists. Do not miss visiting this small, stunning museum.

Thank Laura B
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for visiting and for your kind review! We hope you will return again soon.

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Fantastic collection gathered in a quaint-sized museum at Randolph College. I was offered a personalized tour by Lucy, who kindly brought my attention to details I might have overlooked. Another kind gentleman volunteer answered questions about its history. The size was just right to spend...More

2  Thank Rosemarie H
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for taking time to visit the Maier Museum of Art and leaving a review for us. We're so glad you had such a pleasant experience and we hope you are able to visit again soon!

Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Maier Museum is owned and operated by Randolph College and supports the college's art collection. Regular rotating curated exhibits occur in conjunction with curricular offerings, but are easily accessible and wonderfully educational for everyone. The permanent exhibits are remarkably diverse. Lots of family friendly...More

1  Thank lilybird01
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for this wonderful review of the Maier Museum of Art!

Reviewed 5 October 2016

Great little Museum. The staff were extremely friendly. I enjoyed the exhibits and will definitely make a return visit.

1  Thank M3Smith
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for taking time to leave a review of the Maier Museum of Art and our staff. We hope you have been able to visit us again and, if not, we hope you can come by soon to check out our most recent exhibitions!

Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Maier Museum on the campus of Randolph College has an exceptional collection for an art museum of its size and location. From its inception Classes and Alumna have donated high quality works of art...Thomas Hart Benton and William Merritt Chase to name a few....More

1  Thank Anita M
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a nice review! We don't like to play favorites, but we are also quite fond of our works by Thomas Hart Benton and William Merritt Chase! Their works are still on view, we hope you...More

Reviewed 5 August 2016

I am an alum of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, and many a day I spent perusing the art at the Maier. For such a small musem, the Maier houses an incredible collection of American art. The admission is also free, though a donation is encouraged. A...More

1  Thank MONSTERMORALES
Danni S, Public Relations Manager at Maier Museum of Art, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

We're so glad you were able to return to the Maier Museum of Art to peruse the art collection. We love hearing from our alums and hope you have been able to (or will be able to soon) stop by again to visit the art....More

Reviewed 26 July 2016

A nice collection of American art plus special exhibits, Well worth visiting and it is air conditioned. Check for hours before you go. Benches where you can sit and enjoy thej art.

1  Thank margwat2016
Reviewed 25 July 2016

I first visited the museum when we were renting, a year ago, in Lynchburg and looking to purchase a home. We did, in nearby Forest, VA, and I have since begun to volunteer at the Maier Museum because I was so impressed with it. Well...More

2  Thank Bsnbsn16
Reviewed 7 July 2016

I must admit that I attended Randolph College when it was Randolph-Macon Woman's College, so I'm quite familiar with the Maier Museum. Beginning in the early 1900s, the College - under the expert guidance of its art department - began acquiring masterpieces coveted by much...More

1  Thank traveler41249
Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

A world class collection of American art. Situated on campus of Randolph College, it is worthy of some of the finest art museums in the country. Not to be missed

1  Thank Caroline72747
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