“Culture delivered on a daily basis.” -Steve Porter, Visual Artist

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Special Exhibitions

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family-friendly community events and events for the 21-and-older crowd.

American Journey

Permanent Collection

The word history comes from the Greek word historía which means "to learn or know by inquiry." In American Journey, we encourage you to probe, dispute, dig deeper — inquire. The story of history is not static. It's fluid. It changes, grows and becomes richer and more complex when any individual cares enough to asl one simple question – “why”.Knowledge of history is empowering. An event is but the furthest ripple of an ever-expanding wave that may have started eddying outward hundreds of years ago. One who "sees" history is able to harness the power of that wave's entire journey. Exploring our nation’s story through art helps us see that journey.The best history has at its foundation a story. Regular men challenge a King and so is laid the foundation of a revolution; a miner finds gold in California and sets off a torrent of movement westward; a musician plays his trumpet and a musical movement explodes. These stories all help to ask the question, "What is an American?" You'll help to answer that question. Your answer is your story.

CLICK HERE for exhibition catalogue 

Founding Fathers

Permanent Collection

Founding Fathers, a celebration of the life and times of the architects of America’s existence. While there are no agreed-upon criteria for inclusion, membership in this select group customarily requires conspicuous contributions at one or both of the turning points of the United States: the American Revolution, when independence was won, or the Constitutional Convention, when nationhood was achieved. Although the list of members can expand and contract in response to political pressures and ideological prejudices of the moment, the “gallery of greats” that have stood the test of time include the Marquis de Lafayette, John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Marshall. There is a nearly unanimous consensus that George Washington was the Foundingest Father of them all. In this exhibit, we explore the life and stories behind what made these men legends as well as the artists that captured the earliest symbols of our nation on canvas, paper, and ivory. 

CLICK HERE for exhibition catalogue 







Melodious Masterpieces

Do you hear music when you look at a painting? Does a specific scene touch your heart and make you hum a melody? Well, if so, we ask you to join our amazing social media followers who helped curate Spotify playlists full of the songs they hear when looking at pieces from the Norton's permanent collection.

Check out these playlists: 

HERE Thomas Cole's Snow Squall

HERE Charles Marion Russell's Trail Drive

HERE Jasper Cropsey's Niagara Falls

HERE Jules Cheret's Musée Grevin 

Be sure to follow us on SpotifyInstagram, and Facebook for more music challenges. 




Interactive Exhibit  |  Women's History Month 2020

Dates coming soon.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery asks women of all ages to tell herSTORY. The questions posed in the exhibit encourages women to think about themselves and their sisters and share their thoughts with others in an interactive public display. Maybe, you’ll find someone with the same story as you. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired by someone else’s words.

Please share your story with us and others as we celebrate the incredible women we are. 




A Day at the Museum Coloring Book

Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's coloring book! 

CLICK HERE to download the full coloring book. 

Once you’ve had your way with the Crayolas, please share your creations with the world via social media, using the hashtag #colorthenorton 

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Norton Food Truck Roundup

featuring Stage Center

Sunday | 18 April | 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Spring is here and we want to invite you to a VERY special Norton Food Truck Roundup! Join us for dinner and a show on Sunday, April 18, when @Stage Center singers and actors will put on a fabulous musical review on the Norton’s garden stage.
Local food trucks, Hot Dawg Hut and Streetcar Snowballs, will be on-site from 4:00-7:00 pm with the show starting at 5:00 pm on the stage at the south end of the building. Bring a blanket or chair, grab dinner and dessert, and come enjoy a mixed repertoire of your favorite Broadway tunes! This event is free and open to the public. 



Private Tours

We are pleased to announce that the museum will re-open to the public on a limited basis beginning 8 April 2021. Initially, we will be offering three private tours a week.

Thursdays at 10:00 am: A Family Tour focusing on exploring the museum from a child’s point of view. 

Thursdays at 11:15 am & Fridays at 1:00 pm: Adult Tours visiting a different part of the museum’s permanent collection each week.

Tour Guidelines: 

• Tours are limited to 20 people. 

 • You MUST have a ticket to attend a tour. Free tickets are available online at and must be reserved online prior to arrival. 

• Please respect a 6’ social distancing when on the museum grounds. 

• We require face coverings for all staff and visitors ages 5 and up.  

• If you are not feeling well, please enjoy our online content from home and plan to visit another day.
Tickets will be made available on the Monday of each tour week. 

Tour Schedule & Ticket Links

April 8 | 10:00 am: Colors & Feelings Family Tour 

April 8 | 11:15 am: American Art Experience Tour

April 9 | 1:00 pm: American Art Experience Tour

April 15 | 10:00 am: Animals in Art Family Tour 

April 15 | 11:15 am: American Journey Tour

April 16 | 1:00 pm: American Journey Tour

April 22 | 10:00 am: People and Places Family Tour 

April 22 | 11:15 am: European Art Experience Tour

April 23 | 1:00 pm: European Art Experience Tour

April 29 | 10:00 am: iSpy Family Tour 

April 29 | 11:15 am: Antiquities to Renaissance Tour

April 30 | 1:00 pm: Antiquities to Renaissance Tour

May 6 | 10:00 am: Stories in Art Family Tour 

May 6 | 11:15 am: Taste of the Norton & Library Tour

May 7 | 1:00 pm: Taste of the Norton & Library Tour

May 13 | 10:00 am: Exploring Types of Art Family Tour 

May 13 | 11:15 am: Women in American Art Tour

May 14 | 1:00 pm: Women in American Art Tour

May 20 | 10:00 am: Weather & Nature Family Tour 

May 20 | 11:15 am: Women in European Art Tour

May 21 | 1:00 pm: Women in European Art Tour 


Backyard Books

Do you wish to stretch your child’s imagination? Well, bring a blanket and join us on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery each Friday as we read a classic children's fairy tale. Fill their souls with stories of magical lands and watch as they revel in the mystery of a quiet walk in the woods with possible talking animals and magical items behind every tree. Each week we will read a different tale that has been told to children for generations. Accompanying each book will be a hands-on activity and garden quest packet designed to guide participants as they explore the enchanted gardens in search of magical items or beasts related to each week's tale. The books and activities are most appropriate for Pre-K through 3rd grade, but any age is welcome.  Adults are encouraged to partner in the activity and garden quest with their children. To help maintain social distancing guidelines, tickets will be limited. One activity and one garden quest packet will be handed to the ticket holder upon arrival. The entirety of this event will be held outdoors. Please be mindful that the museum is closed and there are no bathrooms or water fountains available. Length of event will be between 30 - 45 minutes. 

April 9 | 10:00 am: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
April 16 | 10:00 am: The Three Bears
April  23 | 10:00 am: The Three Little Pigs
April 30 | 10:00 am: The Ugly Duckling
May 7 | 10:00 am: Little Red Riding Hood
May 14 | 10:00 am: Jack and the Beanstalk 

Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series the first Friday of each month! Starting in April and lasting through October we show a family friendly movie on the front lawn of the museum for FREE!!  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Sing, dance, and have a GREAT time! Local food trucks will be on hand with yummy treats to enjoy.  Movies start at dusk. 

Food trucks available from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2020 Schedule:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to Covid-19, Twilight Talkies are canceled until further notice.

No Pets Allowed at this Event