From Family Estate to Renowned Museum

Completed in 1917, Reynolda House Museum of American Art was originally the home of Katharine Smith and R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Promising a healthier lifestyle, the more than 34,000-square-foot historic home was the centerpiece of a 1,067-acre estate and model farm. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Reynolds family’s 64-room historic house stands as one of the few well-preserved, surviving examples of the American Country House movement. 

Inside, you’ll find not only more than 6,000 historic objects, but also a collection of world-renowned American art on view in the historic house and special exhibitions in the Babcock Gallery. Spanning 250 years, the collection is a chronology of American art, and features artists such as  Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Edwin Church, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Jacob Lawrence, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood. Works rotate throughout the historic house frequently, and the Museum keeps a listing of current works of American art on view here. View a listing of decorative arts on view here.

Special exhibitions take place seasonally in the Babcock Gallery. View our current and upcoming exhibitions here. 

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For the Curious

Full Calendar
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Sep22

Ongoing, 10:00am

Homeschool students and teachers are invited to visit the estate for art and history-based learning.

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Lauren Olinger/Red Cardinal Studio
Sep25

Sep 25, 2021, 8:00am

Shop a handpicked selection of native plants and staff favorites.

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Oct5

Oct 5, 2021, 12:30pm

Hoffman Nursery’s Shannon Currey will introduce you to plants that are not only aesthetically striking but terrific problem-solvers.

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