Birmingham Museum of Art
Vietnamese ceramics, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, European sculpture, and the largest collection of Wedgewood outside of England gives the Birmingham Museum of Art one of the most expansive and diverse collections of art in the American South. The museum offers a variety of seasonal exhibitions and programs, as well as exhibits drawn from its permanent collection of more than 24,000 paintings, prints, sculptures and other works of art. The museum's collection is best-known for its works from throughout the region, including pre-Columbian and Native American art as well as one of the finest collections of works from Southern artists of the 19th and 20th century. The museum also holds works from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and throughout Africa. Of these international collections, the museum’s collection of art from Asia is best-known, and considered by many to be the most comprehensive of its kind in the region.
Backstory and Context
Guests to the museum should allow at least two or three hours to tour the collection, being sure to leave time to view the Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque works. This collection offers a variety of paintings and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the late Renaissance period and include everything from ceramics and armor to fine European decorative furnishings and furniture.1