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Addison Gallery Of American Art

Phillips Academy 180 Main Street

The Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, opened its doors to the public in May 1931, at a time when the idea of a museum devoted exclusively to American art was an innovation. Even more remarkable was, and is, its association not with a city or university but with a secondary school.

Intended by its founder, Thomas Cochran, "to enrich permanently the lives of the students of Phillips Academy, by helping to cultivate and foster in them a love for the beautiful," the Addison Gallery has continued to serve as an educational resource for the Academy while holding a well-deserved place as a center of American art for regional and national audiences.

The museum's purpose is to acquire, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art for the education and enjoyment of local, regional, national and international audiences, including the students, faculty, and community of Phillips Academy, and other students, teachers, scholars, and the general public.


Sarah Robinson

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
Perfect size to explore in a few hours and really appreciate all the wonderful art they have. The student exhibit just blew me away.

Hannah Weinreich-Nelson

Monday, July 23, 2018
Great selection and variation of collections. The security staff was very nice and accommodating.

Rodger Wheaton

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Great small gallery of American Art and photography. The staff puts alot of thought into the exhibits. Well worth a visit.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Awesome collection. Small but very well set up. Has great visiting artists. Accessible entrance too.

Martin Heller

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
The permanent exhibits are excellent. The temporary shows range from meh to great. It's free.

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