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Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA)

Phillips Academy, 180 Main Street
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Located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, 30 minutes north of Boston, the Addison Gallery’s collection of American art includes nearly 17,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present. Created in 1931 by Thomas Cochran, the Addison is guided by his goal “to enrich permanently the lives of the students.” The gallery remains committed to serving the public through free admission and an education outreach program.

The museum’s collection is limited to works of art or craftsmanship produced by native-born or naturalized citizens of the United States, with some limited exceptions. They present approximately twelve shows in a typical year, including both permanent collection installations and major traveling exhibitions. The Addison has also organized numerous nationally touring exhibitions, as well as retrospectives dedicated to artists such as William Wegman, Trisha Brown, Carroll Dunham, Wendy Ewald, Terry Winters, and Richard Stanciewicz.

In the summer of 2008 the Addison embarked on a two-year renovation and expansion project, which restored the museum’s 1931 Charles Platt building and created a 13,770 square-foot addition. The new Sidney R. Knafel Wing provides a center for education programs, enables storage of the entire collection on site, and offers new art handling spaces. (KCE)

Addison Gallery of American Art Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (the museum is accessible through the Andover Stop on the Haverhill commuter rail line; it’s about a one-mile walk from the station to the museum)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday
1 p.m.–5 p.m. Closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August
  • Admission: Free
  • Tours: Free. Tours are available to school, community and adult groups. Age-appropriate guided tours of all exhibitions are available. If you’re coming with a group of eight or more, call ahead at 978-749-4037, even if not requesting a tour
  • Membership: Friends of Addison (for a donation of $50+) receive advance notice of all events and exhibitions, as well as acknowledgement in the Addison’s annual report
  • Other Benefits: Director’s Circle members (for a donation of $1,000+) are entitled to all the benefits of Friends of Addison, in addition to complimentary exhibition catalogues, invitations to special programs, and dinner with the Director and visiting artists.