|Address:||180 Main St, Andover, MA 01810, USA|
|Working:||Closed 10AM–5PM 10AM–9PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 1–5PM|
Host to a unique and very valuable collection of almost entirely-American art, as well as several world-class traveling exhibits, the Addison is top-of-the-line for a small art gallery. Its low traffic and open admission to the public make it an ideal stop for art enthusiasts who happen to be in the area. However, the staff at the Addison are well aware of the museums value and do not hesitate to show off how much better they are. Reading a pamphlet guide written by a curator on her collection, one can only help but laugh at her well-intended but incredibly overblown, pseudo-intellectual explanations which replace thought with empty statement. Amidst works of truly great artists like Georgia OKeefe and Jackson Pollock, as well as unknown but equally unique and beautiful art, are selections which can only be described as "pretentious." Such is the world of great art, but the Addison tries in vain to rank itself with the likes of MoMA. The Addison strives to be a world-class museum, and it definitely has an extraordinary collection of intriguing and valuable art, but keep in mind that youre probably not going to want to spend all day there.
A Private User
The Addison houses an intriguing permanent collection of American Art, boasting pieces by Copley, Fitz Henry Lane, Martin Heade, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Bierstadt, Church, etc. plus an extensive collection of modern American painting and constuctions, as well as photographs. Its recent renovation was the subect of a BOSTON GLOBE article (October 3, 2010 ?). It took this Culture Vulture and the Mrs. well over an hour to do the tour, so to speak. Parking is limited. Across the street is the toney Andover Inn, and a few blocks down Main Street (Route 28) are the shops of the town.
I would say this is a nice place, but their security guys treated me so bad --just because I was the only young man around-- that I would never come back. That is one reason why young people never care about art in our towns. No one wants to go to a place where everyone sees you as a criminal. Also, be clear about your photography policy. On your website shows that people are allowed to take cellphone pictures while your security guys told me not to do it.
Susan D Portelance
Love this Gallery. Its accessible quiet and hosts awesome artist some change some are permanent O think but 3 times Ive gone in 5 years and always something hosting artists new I live that its always new and has the regular exhibits. Photographing is Not allowed I was told cant even write no pens pencils books allowed. Staff is wonderful as well
Unassuming location (tucked away in Andover), but a really nice gallery with a solid regular collection and a much larger than expected exhibition collection. That its free helped--especially bringing young children for a few hours.
Beautiful gallery on the campus of Phillips Academy. A short walk from town and definitely worth a visit. Frank Stella exhibition is great but no photographs allowed.
Amazing place. A real hidden gem. Great American art from a variety of artists. Winslow Homer to Lorna Simpson. Free to the public. You wont be disappointed
Great place to visit. Enterence is free. Modern and classic psintings. Library with modern and ancient books. Models of ships. It has a nice park around.
Jil H. Lesko
Eccellent exhibition. Grounds are nice. Staff is helpful.
Beautiful museum with rotation collections.
Nice collection for a small museum