Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

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Coordinates: 29°38′13″N 82°22′12″W / 29.63694°N 82.37000°W / 29.63694; -82.37000

Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
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TypeArt museum
DirectorLee Anne Chesterfield
United States

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is an art museum at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It is in the UF Cultural Plaza area in the southwest part of campus.

The Harn is a 112,800-square-foot-facility, making it one of the largest university art museums in the South. This includes 40,400 square feet of exhibition space, 5 garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, museum store, study center, café and classroom spaces. The museum has a permanent collection and an array of temporary exhibitions. The Harn's permanent collection totals more than 11,300 objects, which are focused on Asian, African, modern and contemporary art, as well as photography.[1] The museum sponsors international and Florida-centric exhibitions. The university sponsors educational programs at the museum including films, lectures, interactive activities, and school and family offerings.

In October 2005 the Harn expanded by more than 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) with the opening of the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, which includes new educational and meeting areas and the Camellia Court Cafe, the first eatery for visitors of the Cultural Plaza.

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. UF offers a virtual tour for prospective visitors.


Outdoor garden alongside the Asian art wing

The Harn Museum of Art is named in honor of Samuel Peebles Harn (1893–1957), whose widow, three daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren made the founding gift to UF for the museum’s construction. The family pledged more than $3 million for the construction of an arts museum in 1983. The Harn Museum of Art opened September 20, 1990.

In 2000, the family of David A. Cofrin made a gift to fund an 18,000-square-foot addition. The new addition, named the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion, opened in October 2005. The Cofrin Pavilion features 6,500 feet of exhibition space for international contemporary art, the Camellia Court Café, an outdoor plaza and the Goforth Learning Center, which is used for meetings, programs and educational activities.

On February 6, 2008, Dr. and Mrs. David A. Cofrin made a commitment of $10 million to the University of Florida to fund the addition of a new wing dedicated to Asian art. Opening in 2012 on the northwest side of the museum, the 26,000-square-foot addition will have an Asian art gallery, curatorial offices, and art storage and conservation space for the Asian collections. An outdoor Asian garden will complement the new wing.[2]

Selected artists[edit]

Rory (1992) is a painted steel sculpture by American sculptor Deborah Butterfield, displayed in the museum.

Among others, the following artists are represented in the museum:[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Us | Harn Museum of Art". Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  2. ^ Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art: About
  3. ^ Harn Museum of Art: About, ARTINFO, 2008, archived from the original on 2008-07-28, retrieved 2008-07-29

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