Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville

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The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is an art museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It is in the UF Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of campus.

The Harn is a 112,800-square-foot-facility, making it one of the largest university art museums in the South. This includes 40,400 square feet of exhibition space, 5 garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, museum store, study center, café and classroom spaces. The museum has a permanent collection and an array of temporary exhibitions. The Harn's permanent collection totals more than 11,300 objects, which are focused on Asian, African, modern and contemporary art, as well as photography. The museum sponsors international and Florida-centric exhibitions. The university sponsors educational programs at the museum including films, lectures, interactive activities, and school and family offerings.

In October 2005 the Harn expanded by more than 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) with the opening of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, which includes new educational and meeting areas and the Camellia Court Cafe, the first eatery for visitors of the Cultural Plaza.

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. UF offers a virtual tour for prospective visitors.

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  • Just to visit the Sameul P. Harn Museum of Art would be a reason to visit Gainesville. My husband and I were totally captivated with the many pieces of art we saw there last Sunday.. Don't miss the....  more »
  • We were in the area to do a little "springs vacation" and it was raining like nobody's business! I am so grateful this place was there! Amazing...What an absolutely gorgeous place....It was so lovely....  more »
  • A beautiful free, art museum hidden on campus. You only pay for parking and exhibits change every couple of months, so make sure you come back. If you're going with kids, definitely check out the learning center before you get started with the exhibits. They have great handouts to get kids engaged with what they're looking at, here and throughout the museum.
  • The Harn is one of the most amazing places to visit. The staff is always helpful, admission is free, and the art changes often. The pieces are thought-provoking and the exhibits are always well thought-out. Also, as someone who likes to write, I find that the gardens can be wonderful places to jot down a poem or just a few words after being inspired by art.

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