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Addison Gallery Of American Art

Phillips Academy 180 Main Street

The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, opened its doors to the public in May 1931, at a time when the idea of a museum devoted exclusively to American art was an innovation. Even more remarkable was, and is, its association not with a city or university but with a secondary school.

Intended by its founder, Thomas Cochran, "to enrich permanently the lives of the students of Phillips Academy, by helping to cultivate and foster in them a love for the beautiful," the Addison Gallery has continued to serve as an educational resource for the Academy while holding a well-deserved place as a center of American art for regional and national audiences.

The museum's purpose is to acquire, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art for the education and enjoyment of local, regional, national and international audiences, including the students, faculty, and community of Phillips Academy, and other students, teachers, scholars, and the general public.


Rodger Wheaton

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Great small gallery of American Art and photography. The staff puts alot of thought into the exhibits. Well worth a visit.

Sue P

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Awesome collection. Small but very well set up. Has great visiting artists. Accessible entrance too.

Conley Harris

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Splendid show of amazing Mark Toby paintings borrowed from major American and European museum collections. Quiet and shimmering paintings.

Susan D Portelance

Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
Love this Gallery. It's accessible quiet and hosts awesome artist some change some are permanent O think but 3 times I've gone in 5 years and always something hosting artists new I live that its always new and has the regular exhibits. Photographing is Not allowed I was told cant even write no pens pencils books allowed. Staff is wonderful as well

Martin Heller

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
The permanent exhibits are excellent. The temporary shows range from meh to great. It's free.

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