Named after founder Jonathan (“Jack”) Westervelt Warner, this museum constitutes one of America’s major collections of post-colonial art. Westervelt Warner , a veteran of World War II and a third-generation CEO of the Gulf States Paper Corporation, began his collection of American art in the 1950’s with a number of Audubon prints.
Over the decades the collection grew to include over 500 items, with pieces by all of America’s important artists, encompassing the history and development of American art from 1775 to the present. Iconic Americans including Thomas Cole, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth are all represented among the Museum’s paintings. The collection also includes artifacts such as silverwork by Paul Revere and furniture by Duncan Phyfe and Charles-Honore Lannuier. The Westervelt Warner Museum also offers regular tours geared toward various age groups, a series of art instruction classes, and a Thursday morning film series.
Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Thursday & Friday: noon–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday & Monday, closed; Tuesday & Wednesday, by appointment only
- Admission: Adults, $9; Seniors, $8; Students, (age 10-college) $7; Children under 11, free
- Tours: Tours are available by appointment; adult tours are scheduled through the program coordinator, school tours through the education coordinator
- Memberships: Membership is tiered, offering titles such as ‘Pioneer’, ‘Patriot’ and ‘Founding Father’ (to its highest individual donors); all membership levels have the same benefits, however, including free admission during museum hours, gift shop discounts, guest passes, and priority registration for special events and lectures.