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Explore Black Artists at Hammonds House Museum

From the moment you arrive at Hammonds House Museum in the historic West End, you know it’s something special. The grand pre-Civil War Victorian house is a unique part of Atlanta’s arts scene. Founded in 1988, Hammonds House Museum is the only one of Atlanta’s fine arts museums that focuses on artists of African descent. The museum is the former residence of the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds, a prominent Atlanta physician and a passionate arts patron. 

Unlike most quiet and reflective museums, Hammonds House welcomes open conversations about the artwork along with discussions about how these impact history and society. The intimate feeling is bolstered by the historic home itself, with its vaulted ceilings, fireplace and ornate moldings.

What’s Inside

African American Exhibits

The museum boasts a permanent art collection of more than 450 works by African American artists from the late 19th century through present day, with 250 of those from Dr. Hammonds’ personal collection. His collection includes 18 works by master artist Romare Bearden and the oldest known painting in the world by acclaimed landscape artist Robert S. Duncanson. Among contemporary artists represented at Hammonds House Museum are Radcliffe Bailey, Tina Dunkley, Jenelise Holloway, Lev Mills and John Riddles. 

Programming and Resources

In addition to art exhibits, Hammonds House Museum offers lectures, workshops, discussions, concerts and other special events, such as a film festival and silent art auction. The resource center at Hammonds House Museum is home to slides, videos, books and other items pertaining to various artists.

Gift Shop

The museum’s gift shop sells books, jewelry, accessories, artwork, exhibition catalogues and other items. Approximately 16,000 people visit Hammonds House Museum each year.

Insights Into a Museum

Hammonds House

Hammonds House Museum is located in a 19th century Victorian home in Atlanta’s historic West End. Visitors are often surprised to arrive at the museum and discover they’re in a neighborhood. A wide porch welcomes guests inside. 

Looking for the right place to showcase his extensive art collection, Dr. Hammonds purchased the home in 1979. He restored the wood floors, hired German artisans to replace the wooden banister and outfitted the house with chandeliers. His room remains intact and is a popular gathering place following exhibits. The room is green, featuring heavy drapes and a window seat, the favorite spot for guests to discuss artwork surrounded by family photos of the doctor. 

The History of Hammonds House

Hammonds House survived the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War. It became a boarding house for soldiers during World War II before becoming the home of Atlanta’s first integrated kindergarten. 

The Location of Hammonds House

Hammonds House is situated in the historic West End, an area steeped in history. It is conveniently located by a bus stop, a mile from a MARTA station and within walking distance of Atlanta University Center. Parking is available in a small lot and on the street.

The museum is available for meetings, weddings, receptions and other private functions. Guided tours of the Hammonds House Museum are offered. An appointment is necessary for visitors wishing to gain access to materials in the resource center.

More to Explore

Hammonds House Digital Programming

Experience Hammonds House from home. Hammonds House digital programming reaches audiences beyond the walls of the museum.

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