The High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art, or the High, as Atlanta locals sometimes call it, is one of the most popular art museums in the southeastern U.S. — and one of the most visited art museums in the world.

Founded in 1905, it started as the Atlanta Art Association until, close to 20 years later, the High family donated their Peachtree Street residence as the new home for the collection. In 1983, the High Museum of Art opened as a 135,000-square-foot building, which would remain until 2005, when the size of the museum was more than doubled.

Today, the High is home to more than 15,000 pieces of art, representing photography, modern and contemporary art, folk and self-taught art, European art, African Art, decorative arts and design, and American art.

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5 Things to See at the High Museum of Art

The High’s photography collection

Featuring works of art by famed photographers Eugene Atget, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans and more, the High boasts one of the country’s most comprehensive photography collections featuring the American South. With more than 6,500 photographs, it’s the largest collection the High has to offer.

Giovanni Bellini's Madonna and Child

Madonna and child were among Giovanni Bellini’s favorite subjects. In this painting, the green cloth is said to symbolize honor, with the bare tree potentially representing the Garden of Eden’s Tree of Knowledge. 

Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors

“Infinity Mirrors” is an exhibit on display from November 18, 2018 through February 17, 2019, and is the artist’s most comprehensive exhibit. It explores more than fifty years’ of Kusama’s work and takes visitors on a kaleidoscopic journey through her art. There will be six kaleidoscopic rooms on display, in addition to various paintings, film excerpts, and sculptures.

Autumn on the Seine

Love Impressionist work? The High has a collection of Monet’s work, including Autumn on the Seine, which he likely painted in 1873 from a small boat that he turned into a floating art studio.

Mother and Child

Mary Cassatt is often considered to be one of the greatest painters of mothers and children. Her chosen independent lifestyle often caused her peers to look at her as a radical of her time.