Academy Art Museum Of Easton

106 South Street
Easton, MD 21601

410-822-2787

Our Mission

The mission of the Academy Art Museum is to provide the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.

History:

The building which houses the Academy Art Museum at 106 South Street is one of Easton’s historic landmarks – deeply tied to the educational community in Easton since 1800. In 1820, the original building (now the Museum’s Lederer Gallery) was completed and became home to the first chartered school in Easton. By 1853, the building was expanded (now the Museum’s Healy Gallery) and by 1866 had become the High School of Talbot County, later renamed the Male School of Easton and subsequently the Female School of Easton. By the 1880s, the school was known as the Easton Primary and Grammar School and continued that function until 1933 when it was sold, becoming a funeral home and then an antique store.

The Academy of the Arts, the Museum’s previous name, was founded in 1958 by six Eastern Shore residents who created a place dedicated to the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts. The Museum originally operated out of a local church before it purchased the building in 1960 which is now its home. Many additions and improvements were made over the years to the building as the Museum’s membership grew. By the mid-1980s, due to its tremendous growth in programs, the Museum purchased the Thomas-Hardcastle house next door. In 1989-1990, after considerable renovation and restoration, the house was joined to the Museum’s original building through a two-story glass atrium adding 10,000 square feet for administrative offices and classrooms to the Museum’s space.

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