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The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes nearly 3,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. In addition to the permanent collection galleries, the museum hosts eight to ten temporary special exhibitions every year.
There is variety of art to view and enjoy. For example, the paintings in the collection dealing with the Civil War reflect the time during the war from 1861 to1865 and the Reconstruction period afterward. The hostilities, which began with the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, destroyed the optimism of the antebellum period. The Confederate States lost a war that would forever alter the landscape of the South. Their men had been killed and their once booming economy shattered. Yet, while the conflict between the federal government and the Confederate States devastated the South, it also strengthened a new Southern identity. The paintings in the Morris Museum's collection reflect a Southern perspective on the War.
The museum also houses the Center for the Study of Southern Art, a reference and research library that includes archives pertaining to artists working in the South.
The Morris Museum store is located adjacent to the main entrance lobby of the museum. It offers books about all aspects of the art of the South, Southern history, and Southern culture, as well as a broad assortment of notecards and postcards featuring paintings in the Morris Museum of Art's collection. The store also showcases some of the South's most innovative jewelers. There are fun gift ideas for children as well as T-shirts, scarves, decorative items, and much more.