Last updated: 1/21/2016
Abilene, Texas
Street Address
102 Cypress Street
Abilene, TX 79601
Mailing Address
102 Cypress Street
Abilene, TX 79601
phone: 325-673-4587
e-mail: info@thegracemuseum.org
web: www.thegracemuseum.org
Hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday10 AM - 8 PM
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Thursday 10 am-8 pm *FREE 5-8 pm
Admissions
The general admission fee includes viewing the Museum’s exhibitions, children’s museum, and history collection. Museum members and active duty military personnel and their families (with ID) are always free.
Adults: $6
Seniors: $3
Military non-active duty: $3
Military (with ID): Free
Members: free
Students (): $3
Children under 3: Free
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Judith A. Godfrey, President and CEO
Judy Tedford Deaton, Chief Curator
Kim Snyder, Development Director
Katheryn Best, Curator of Education
Pam Harman, Educational Programs Coor. / Distance Learning Coor.
Holly North, Curator of Collections/IT Dir.
Nancy Ruzinsky, Rentals Coor.
Kay Wettemann, Store Manager
Courtney Sloane, Marketing/PR
Patricia Ditmore, Office Manager
Description

Built in 1909, The Grace is on the National Historic Register. It is a four-story, 55,000 square foot, missions-revival style building, representing the hopes of the western frontier. The first floor of The Grace Museum includes an elegant, historic marble ballroom, a glass loggia, a large enclosed brick courtyard, restored lobby, and a beautiful gift shop. The rooftop has a large, open-air terrace. The Grace Museum enriches and enhances the cultural life of Abilene and the West Texas region through its permanent collections, special exhibits, classes, seminars and special events. In the heart of Abilene's beautifully restored downtown, The Grace serves as a cornerstone for cultural arts and education in West Texas.

Mission

The Grace Museum builds connections through new experiences in art, science and history within the evolving Texas story through exhibitions, programs and collections.

History

The Grace Museum began as the Museum of Fine Arts in the 1930's, collection only art and offering many exciting exhibits for children. In 1991, the historic Grace Hotel was purchased and renovated for MFA to move into. The Grace Museum then expanded it's collection to history and opened a Children's Museum and Abilene history museum. The Grace staff continues to broaden the reach of education from the Grace with innovative ideas, such as distance learning.

Artifact Collections

History collection includes artifacts from local history from 1880's forward. There is an extensive Texas & Pacific Railroad collection as well. The Art collection encompasses 20th Century American art with emphasis on printmaking from the 1930's and 40's; Texas regional art; and modern graphics.

Research Collections

early Texas artists; Abilene history; Texas & Pacific Railway; U.S. Army 12th Armored Division.

Educational Programs

Tours; lectures; films; gallery talks; annual state competition; volunteer & docent programs; temporary & traveling exhibitions; school loan service; Annual Art Fesitval in April

  • distance learning
  • teacher workshops
  • student camps and workshops
  • tours
  • lectures
  • films
  • annual art competition
Publications

quarterly member newletter

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