Welcome to the Harn Museum

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is Gainesville’s premier art education facility. We partner with educational institutions and other organizations to bring quality exhibits and educational opportunities to the greater Gainesville community. Our state-of-the-art, 112,800-square-foot-facility includes exhibit spaces, gardens, an auditorium, study and classroom spaces, a cafe, and a museum shop.

Come explore our world-class permanent collection and our regularly rotating special exhibits. Our museum staff are always happy to talk with visitors about what makes these art pieces so extraordinary. This ethos is fundamental to our great vision of fostering active engagement with the visual arts in an environment that welcomes diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We collaborate with the University of Florida, its faculty, and its students, along with local partners and the international art community, to bring Gainesville and Florida the opportunity to experience timely, relevant, immersive art events.
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History

The Harn Museum opened in 1990 and, since then, has become an inextricable part of the University of Florida’s academic community. The museum was named for Samuel Peebles Harn. His widow, children, and grandchildren donated the foundational funds that made it possible to build the museum. Together, the three Harn generations gave more than $3 million to build the museum.

After it opened in 1990, the Harn Museum dedicated itself to serving the entire Gainesville community by providing a range of programming to fit a broad swath of interests and by offering free admission to the museum. Because we feel strongly about making art accessible to everybody regardless of their financial means, we are particularly proud to continue the tradition of free admission into the present. read more

Collection

The Harn Museum’s art collection focuses on five major categories. Our African collection focuses on Sub-Saharan art and includes items dating from between the 5th century BCE to the 21st century. Among them are wood sculptures, textiles, and ceramics. Our Asian collection includes more than 3500 works spanning the time from the Neolithic period to the present era. It covers a range of geographic locales within Asia, too, from Central Asia to Japan, from China to India and Southeast Asia. Our Modern collection includes paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from the mid-19th century through the mid-20th century and includes nearly 1000 pieces from Europe and the Americas. The Contemporary collection focuses on artworks from 1945 to the present in a range of mediums, including work by emerging artists. Finally, our photography collection includes photographic works of significance from daguerreotypes to massive color prints.
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Scholarship

The Harn Museum is committed to fostering scholarship at all ages and levels of expertise. For kids ages 4-12, we have regular family events with interactive exhibits, crafts, and entertainment. College students can enjoy museum nights and access to our collections for research purposes. Educators at all levels are invited to schedule a visit for their class, where one of our staff members will guide you and your students through the current exhibits and help facilitate discussion. Educators are also welcome to borrow resources from the museum to use in the classroom. read more

Visitors

Visitors to the Harn Museum should plan to spend several hours wandering through the museum. Be sure to check our calendar to see what special exhibits will be happening when you visit. The calendar is updated regularly. Please also check our website to confirm the hours the museum is open on the day you plan to visit, as hours are subject to change.

If you come during the daytime, the cafe is open from 11:00 until 2:00. It’s a perfect spot to take a little break after your wanderings, grab some food, and relax. Don’t miss the latte art from our talented baristas.
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