IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor

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Our History:

In 2001, originally conceived by Andrea Simmons and a small group of supporters, the San Juan Islands Museum of Art was born. The objective was to create a fully accredited art museum in Friday Harbor, within walking distance from the ferry, that would serve all of San Juan County. Exhibitions were designed to educate and enlighten the public and support island artists.

In 2008, under the leadership of Pam Nichols and Nina Le Baron, the museum merged with the Sculpture Park at Roche Harbor, expanding the potential for highlighting a broader range of art and sculpture. In addition, programs such as "Family Art Days" where families could learn art from local talent, "Art as a Voice" lectures at the community theater, and customized art education programs for our elementary and middle schools have become community staples - all at no or very low cost to the island audience.

The physical location of San Juan Islands Museum of Art, or IMA, has changed over the years. It has, however, remained in town, accessible to locals, island hoppers, and tourists.

In 2012, IMA separated from the Sculpture Park and has autonomy over its exclusive existence. IMA purchased a vacant building in the periphery of Friday Harbor, with the plan to establish the museum in a permanent location that could provide space for exhibits, educational classrooms, and multimedia presentations.

We are confident that with public and private support, an energetic board, advisors, and a host of dedicated volunteers, the perpetuation of IMA, a gemstone in our community, will continue and grow through the future. The new $3.25 million building at 540 Spring Street sings testimony to this dedication and will open in the Winter of 2015 with an exhibition of glasswork by William Morris.
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  • Sunday is a great day to visit the museum. It’s about a five or six mile walk up Spring Street from the ferry. The exhibition sublet was “Deep Dive” about whales and the life of the Salish Sea. It’s.....  more »
  • We've been to this museum a few times and it always is worth the visit. Aside from showcasing local art (the island is replete with talent), exhibits have showcased art from afar. One particularly.....  more »
  • Really glad we stopped in to see The Deep. Lots of different mediums on display. Watched a small mini documentary. Nice place to spend 20 to 40 mins.
  • This was our first visit. They had a nice little touring and local Vietnam war exhibit. The $10 admission price was reasonable for the size of the exhibit, factoring in that everything on the island is more expensive than the mainland. I really appreciated that Veterans were honored with free entry. I look forward to our next visit.

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