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.

In August 2021, it was announced that it will be expanding with a new wing of 20,000 square-foot.
The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. UF offers a virtual tour for prospective visitors.
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  • We have been to the Harn many times and are always impressed with the exhibits. The staff is very helpful as well! 
    We have been to the Harn many times and are always impressed with the exhibits. The staff is very helpful as well!  more »
  • Their Asian art was nice - it seems to be very popular these days but I especially enjoyed the Florida impressionists exhibit. Nice gift shop. The cafe was very nice but they were out of soup the... 
    Their Asian art was nice - it seems to be very popular these days but I especially enjoyed the Florida impressionists exhibit. Nice gift shop. The cafe was very nice but they were out of soup the...  more »
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  • How can you beat a free art museum? The artworks are displayed in amazing galleries. Very spacious. The works displayed are very diverse, from traditional and modern paintings to ceramics and unique pieces. Very enjoyable.
  • What a great collection of art pieces! We loved it! The food in the Cafe was great too. We were very disappointed that we couldn't leave a tip via card for the staff. That would lead me to leave 1 star review on the cafe alone if I could because you can't NOT take care if your staff. That breaks my heart. Luckily I was with a group and a few of us were able to borrow money from others we know to tip our amazing staff! Shame on those who made this ok.

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