About National Academy Museum
The National Academy Museum & School is an institution built by America’s greatest artists and architects. Founded at the end of 1825, this tripartite institution comprised of an honorary association of professional artists, a museum, and a school of fine arts. Portrait and history painter Samuel F. Morse, scions of the Hudson River School Thomas Cole and Asher B. Durand and architect Ithiel Town were founding members whose primary goal was to promote American art through exhibitions and education – a clear-eyed vision that still guides the Academy nearly two centuries later. New York’s oldest museum, we showcase the latest in art and architecture in the heart of Museum Mile.
The National Academy School galleries also exhibit works of the young artists enrolled there; past students have included Winslow Homer, George Inness and Willem de Kooning.
In the "National Academy Museum & School” app there are three tours to explore the museum’s permanent collection.
The “Artists Portraits from the National Academy” tour helps visitors understand how the museum’s collection grew. The collection was formed by the requirements that each associate member give a portrait of themselves (a requisite that was abolished in 1994).
“American Revelations 1825 - 1975 ” features highlights from the National Academy's extensive collection spanning 1825 - 1975.
"Sculpture Highlights from the National Academy" displays a selection of sculpture highlights, revealing the strengths of this aspect of the Academy's collection through a variety of styles and media.
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