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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
555 Elm Avenue
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-3272

Background:

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art was founded in 1936 at the University of Oklahoma by art professor Oscar Jacobson, who collected all of the original 250 works in what is now Jacobson Hall. Later that year, Lew Wentz and Gordon Matzene donated 750 works of East Asian art and the collections grew with Jacobson as director. A permanent home was found when Mr. and Mrs. Fred Jones donated a fine arts building to the university in memory of their son, an OU student who had died in an airplane crash. Originally called the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center, the structure features 15,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Numerous art gifts, particularly in the decade of the 2000's, as well as extensive renovations and expansions have transformed the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art into a premiere facility, one of the best museums in the metro. It boasts over 12,000 objects in its permanent collections: paintings, sculptures, photographs and much more. According to museum officials, well-represented are French Impressionism, twentieth-century American painting and sculpture, traditional and contemporary Native American art, art of the Southwest, Asian art and graphics from the sixteenth century to the present.

Location & Directions:

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, southeast of the intersection of Elm and Boyd. Driving directions and parking details are available online.

Admission & Hours of Operation:

The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the facility is closed on Mondays.

Thanks to a gift from the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department, admission to the museum is absolutely free for all visitors.

Exhibits:

Permanent museum exhibits include:
  • The Weitzenhoffer Collection - A collection of Impressionist paintings valued at over $50 million
  • The Fleischaker Collection - 350 pieces of Native American and southwestern paintings and sculptures
  • The McGhee Collection - Historical Eastern Orthodox icons
  • The Thams Collection - Paintings by members of the Taos Society of Artists
In addition, see a list of current non-permanent exhibitions.

Rules:

As with most museums, outside food and drink items are prohibited. In addition, security will not allow backpacks, large purses, umbrellas, diaper bags, tripods, any parcel over 10” x 10”, or pens. These must be checked prior to entering. Flash photography is not allowed.

Tours & Facility Rental:

Educational tours and programs are available for students and non-students alike. To book a tour or for more information, call (405) 325-5990.

In addition, several gallery areas and pavilions within the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art are available for rental. Depending on the space, up to 200 guests can be accommodated for special events, and a catering kitchen is available. For rental information, call (405) 325-9112.

Become a Member:

As a Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art member, you are given free admission, personal invitations to exhibitions previews, 10% discount in the Museum store, 10% discount on catalogues and posters, advance notice and discounts on special travel programs, and subscription to the Museum newsletter. Currently, there are more than 9 membership levels with costs ranging from $15 all the way up to a $1,000 Chairman's Circle membership.

The 4 upper levels also include membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum Program (NARM), providing free admission and discounts to hundreds of U.S. museums.

Get level descriptions online, and call (405) 325-229 for more information.

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