Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon to the Harn Museum of Art. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get a dual annual membership (a $75 value).
- For $60, you get an associate annual membership (a $125 value).
- For $25, you get an individual annual membership (a $50 value).
With 32,800 square feet of display space to house its permanent collections and more, the Harn Museum of Art serves up a sumptuous eye feast of African, Asian, modern, and contemporary art, as well as photography. Works by famous canvas coverers, such as Monet, mingle with lesser-known pieces by 20th century artists, and a vast collection of statues, ceramics, and metalwork from Africa and Asia give a glimpse into the home décor of yesteryear. The museum’s special exhibitions rotate throughout the year, with current displays, such as Alchemy: From Dust to Form, showcasing contemporary American ceramics, and Faces and Figures, displaying the cream of the museum's photography crop.
Museum members receive a 10% discount on merchandise from the museum store, allowing walls to be economically covered in fetching prints or store receipts. Membership also includes access to several pARTies held throughout the year for cultured hobnobbing, as well as free admission to the art house and student-made RISK Cinema films. Dual memberships include all individual membership benefits for two, sweetened with discounts to the on-site Camellia Court Café. Associate members move one more rung up the benefit ladder, with reciprocal privileges to dozens of museums throughout the central and eastern US.
The museum is located on the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, with easy access to the Center for Performing Arts and the Florida Museum of Natural History, allowing days of artistic and scientific edification to counterbalance weekends at Chuck E. Cheese's.
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.