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. 

Historic House Interiors
R.J. Reynolds Study
Dining Room
Library

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Mar1

Mar 1, 2024 — Jun 2, 2024

Embracing the times in which she lived, Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) created images that reflect crucial movements and developments in art and photography during her seventy-year career. Her photog…

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May4

May 4, 2024, 9:30am

Celebrate self-expression and empowerment with Reynolda during Community Day when museum admission is free for all.

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May11

May 11, 2024, 10:00am

Join us for this family program as we cut and prepare a combination of locally sourced flowers and a few beautiful selections from our Gardens. Children and their caretakers can enjoy pairing and arra…

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May25

May 25, 2024, 2:00pm

Meg Partridge, Imogen Cunningham’s granddaughter, and director of the Imogen Cunningham Trust, grew up around Imogen, often visiting her home and studio in San Francisco. In her teens, Meg worked fo…

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