Brattleboro Museum and Art Center
(Brattleboro Museum & Art Center)
|Location||10 Vernon Street
|NRHP Reference #||74000268|
|Added to NRHP||June 6, 1974|
The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, a non-collecting museum, was founded in 1972 and is located in the former Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont. New exhibits by regional and international artists are shown each season. The aim of BMAC is to present art and ideas in ways that inspire, educate, and engage people of all ages. Some of BMAC’s notable exhibiting artists have included Jennifer Bartlett, Chuck Close, Janet Fish, Wolf Kahn, Chris Van Allsburg and Andy Warhol. It also functions as a community center and is a private non-profit organization.
During the 1970s, the museum was run by a dedicated group of volunteers. In 1981, the first professional director, W. Ron Foulds, was hired to run the museum. The museum curates various exhibitions aimed at the general public as well as local school groups and other community organizations. Educational programs for lifelong learning and significant school programs are also conducted by museum staff and volunteers. Brattleboro Museum and Art Center participates in Brattleboro's Gallery Walk] on the first Friday of every month.
The building was constructed in 1915 out of quartzite rubble which was mined locally from across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. The original train station, built in 1849, was located across the tracks on the east side, just west of the river. The station built in 1915 was converted into a museum in the 1970s.
- "The Visitor's Guide to Brattleboro and the Vibrant Villages of Southern Vermont" (2010)
- Brattleboro Museum and Art Center official website
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