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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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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