Artists are easily spotted as children, taking to creative hobbies immediately after emerging from the womb with a full goatee and French beret. Admire artistic maturity with today’s Groupon for memberships to the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get an individual annual membership (a $50 value).
- For $35, you get a dual annual membership (a $75 value).
- For $60, you get an associate-level annual membership (a $125 value).
- For $99, you get a fellow-level annual membership (a $250 value).
The Harn Museum of Art delights art lovers with 32,800 square feet of exhibits housing a stunning collection of African, Asian, modern, and contemporary art and photography. Guests can explore more than 8,000 different works, including pieces by Monet as well as African metalwork and wooden sculptures. A collection of Asian art contains relics from the Neolithic period all the way to modern art made entirely of space food and pieces of the Internet. The museum's halls also contain a rotating selection of special exhibits that are available to members, such as Open Engagement, which examines the intersection of love and war, and a collection of works by photojournalist Sebastião Salgado. All members net access to special museum parties, a 10% discount at the museum store, a one-year subscription to InForm, and reduced prices for workshops, special programs, and studio classes. Dual members bag discount coupons to the Camellia Court Café and enjoy individual-level benefits for two, allowing them to extend perks to their favorite friend, family member, or DMV employee. Associates can further cultivate artistic palettes at a host of other regional museums, and fellows enjoy access to art and strangers' refrigerators across the country through the North American Reciprocal Membership Program. Check online for a full list of member benefits.
Harn Museum of Art
Thought it was opened just in 2012, the Harn Museum of Art's 26,000-square foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing has quite a bit of history on its hands. There are nearly 700 works on display, all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 2,000 pieces. Dating from the Neolithic period to today, the pieces hail from countries such as India, Persia, Vietnam, and Japan.
Asian art makes up a quarter of the Harn's more than 10,000 works, which, along with travelling exhibitions, fill 32,800 square feet of gallery space. You’ll walk past African wooden masks, metalwork, and ceramics, as well as almost 1,000 modern prints, drawings, and paintings—including canvases by Claude Monet.
Breaking the tradition of many art museums’ “Do not touch” signs, the Bishop Study Center has exhibit-related objects that can be gently touched, though you are not allowed to break apart any sculptures in search of hidden treasure maps. Beyond exhibits, the Harn hosts frequent events including lectures, film screenings, live performances, and interactive programs for students and families.