National Academy Reopens

Asher B. Durand, Landscape, 1850 (National Academy Museum)


After over a year of renovations, the National Academy Museum and School will reopen its doors this weekend with three days of celebratory free events and the opening of six expansive exhibitions. Encouraging visitors to explore its newly redesigned public spaces, the Academy is offering an open house weekend September 16-18 that includes both free admission and free classes.

Visitors will also be able to view an incredible variety of exhibitions, ranging from the Academy’s impressive collection of significant 19th century American Art to the first New York retrospective of the contemporary artist Will Barnet. Some of the highlights of the amazing works that will be on view include Asher B. Durand’s Landscape, William Merritt Chase’s The Young Orphan, and Reginald Marsh’s Barrel of Fun.

The incredible scope of these exhibits has been made possible by the new exhibition spaces installed during the Academy’s renovation. Although the historic mansion that housed the Academy for generations has gotten a modern update, the redesign has left intact the home’s residential and stately ambiance. The building now perfectly embodies the Academy’s unique position at the intersection of art both past and present.

Founded in 1825, the National Academy Museum and School is the only institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and an honorary association of artists and architects dedicated to creating and furthering a living history of American art. This weekend the Academy will be serving its mission to the fullest in newly renovated buildings that can better serve the public. To learn more about the National Academy and the wonderful programs and exhibitions that can be enjoyed this weekend, please visit their website:

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