Hammonds House Museum
Art Lives Here
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Mission and History

Mission and History of the Museum


Mission & Vision

Our mission, "to preserve, exhibit, interpret and increase public awareness about the contributions that visual artists of African descent have made to world culture" is the underpinning of the of the institution's ongoing work. "To redefine the experience of art by providing thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural experiences in an environment that is comfortable, provocative and uniquely attuned to the interest and needs of patrons of all backgrounds" serves as our collective vision.



About The Museum

Nestled on a quiet residential street in Atlanta’s historic West End, Hammonds House Museum is a unique setting to explore the cultural diversity and legacy of artists of African descent.  The Museum is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, who was a prominent Atlanta physician and a passionate arts patron.  The Museum opened in 1988 to continue Dr. Hammonds’ commitment to preserving and celebrating art from the African Diaspora, and offers a year-round calendar of fine art exhibitions and cultural programming.
Hammonds House Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 350 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa, and the Caribbean.  Highlights of the collection include 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden and the oldest known painting by acclaimed landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson. Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Jacob Lawrence, P.H. Polk, Hale Woodruff, and James Van Der Zee are among the scores of important regional, national, and international artists represented in the collection. 

The Museum’s yearly calendar of events includes 4-5 visual art exhibitions by significant mid-career and established artists, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, art education for young people, as well as book readings, music concerts and more.  

For 29 years, Hammonds House Museum has been a mecca for people seeking inspiration, interaction, and intellectual stimulation centered on art of the African Diaspora.  The Museum has redefined the experience of art by providing thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events in an environment that is at once comfortable, mind-expanding, and uniquely attuned to the interests and needs of patrons of every age.