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Often referred to as the state's oldest art museum, this facility has been in existence since 1892. The Modern Art Museum now houses more than 2800 sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and other artworks created since World War II. The collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. Tours are open to the public every Saturday afternoon. The gift shop offers books, magazines, posters and other artistic memorabilia as well as educational toys. The museum hosts various art classes for patrons of all ages throughout the year.
Architect Louis I. Kahn won an award from the American Institute of Architects for this building's striking design. He used a series of arched glass ceilings to let in natural light and enhance the presentation of the many important pieces in the museum collection. The artwork comes from all over the world, with maestros such as Renoir, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt represented. Those desiring more exotic artwork will enjoy the Asian, African and Mediterranean collections. The Buffet Restaurant is open daily, offering different kinds of light fare depending on the time of day. Admission to the permanent collections is free.
Set in a lovely firehouse dating back to 1928, Firehouse Pottery & Gallery is a fabulous place to be if you love ceramics and pottery. Owner and potter, Keith Thomson not only hosts classes in pottery where you can create your own with friends, family or even your date, but also buy his artistic pieces made of clay and ceramics. The gallery showcases the works of local clay artists in the form of decorative pieces, functional objects and creative expressions. Call ahead for an appointment for private lessons, if you are planning for something different with your someone special, this is a fabulous option.