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IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art

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Address: 540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8057
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IMA (San Juan Islands Museum of Art)

A short walk from the ferry, IMA is the...

IMA (San Juan Islands Museum of Art)

A short walk from the ferry, IMA is the first art museum in the San Juan Islands. Along with a revolving repertoire of major exhibits of fine visual arts and workshops, IMA also offers a forum for local artists to display their work as part of its Artists Registry.

IMA raises and distributes money to support art in the Friday Harbor elementary and middle schools, and runs the popular free "Family Art Days" program every Saturday in July and August in the orchard beside the museum.

IMA is a registered 501 C 3 nonprofit organization and depends on donations, memberships, fundraising and a cadre of experienced, capable and dedicated volunteers.

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Lovely little museum

With only 2 rooms and an atrium, I was impressed with the content of this small museum. The curator does a lovely job with the exhibits and is very knowledgeable and friendly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
Jo C
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Camas, Washington
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Camas, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

With only 2 rooms and an atrium, I was impressed with the content of this small museum. The curator does a lovely job with the exhibits and is very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Port Ludlow, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

I am an art lover & came to Fri Harbor (town) just to see their exhibit Sep 8, 2016 during their posted Thurs open hours. Doors were locked & no one answered the phone. Sadly managed.

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Purcell, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Yes, expensive. Two rooms of photos, some of which were fabulous, some of which were mediocre. No special senior pricing. Everything was well displayed, however.

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My husband and I went to the museum and it was actually closed that day. We were disappointed as we were leaving the next day. The wonderful curator let us in anyway. What a treat and so hospitable. We saw a wonderful Ansel Adams show. Thank You Thank You

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I saw a great show last year and a moving installation. This year did not disappoint with a photography exibit by 3 iconic American photographers. Plenty of parking alongside the museum.

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Victoria, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

While we were there,an Ansel Adams exhibit was displayed and was terrific. The staff was very informative and helpful. The photos were displayed well and had thoughtful poems, thoughts, or sayings beside each photo.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I was lucky and saw a great exhibit, but I live in a city far larger that has equal if not worse exhibits. For a museum and place of this size, the museum is a gem for art loving visitors. Not sure if I would have enjoyed the museum with an exhibit of different medium, but I would recommend checking... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I love Ansel Adams as much as anyone, but $10 to view two room of black and white photographs is excessive. The photos are nice , and well displayed, and the movie upstairs was interesting, but..............do they really need "security"? One tip: Go between 3 and 6 and it's free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

I went to this museum to see 'Fragile Waters', a photography exhibit featuring work from Ansel Adams, Ernest Brooks II and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. Very happy to see such a high quality exhibit on this small island. The museum itself is new, well-organized, well-lit and beautifully presented, with friendly staff. I found the petite size to be an advantage -... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed looking at the exhibits and seeing the different rooms there. I didn't find any of the art crazy beautiful, but a good museum if you're in town and like to check out local art.

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