North Village Arts District, MU offers galleries, museums

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Whether you make art or appreciate it, there is no shortage of galleries and museums in Columbia. 

Alleyway Arts

1107 E. Broadway

This gallery belongs to David Spear and houses paintings, drawings and sculpture. 

Artlandish Gallery

1019 E. Walnut St.

Artlandish Gallery is in the North Village Arts District. It carries mostly local art and offers workshops.

Bluestem Missouri Crafts

13 S. Ninth St.

Bluestem has a mix of crafts, household items and jewelry from local and national artists. This store is close to campus and perfect for a last minute gift for friends or family.

Columbia Art League

207 S. Ninth St.

The Columbia Art League is a nonprofit gallery that offers classes and gallery space to locals. For a small fee, artists can exhibit their work.

George Caleb Bingham Gallery

A126 Fine Arts Center, MU

The Bingham Gallery is on campus in the Fine Arts Center near Ellis Library. All exhibits and events are free and rotate often and year-round. 

The Montminy Gallery

3801 Ponderosa Ave.

This gallery showcases local art and is funded by the Boone County Historical Society. 

Museum of Anthropology

Swallow Hall, MU

The Museum of Anthropology is on Francis Quadrangle, close to Jesse Hall. It is home to collections of ancient objects. The gift shop offers items from Central and South America, India and Africa. 

Museum of Art and Archaeology

Pickard Hall, MU

This museum is on the second level of Pickard Hall on Francis Quadrangle. Admission is free, and the museum includes a variety of pieces, including works from Africa, the Medieval period, Renaissance, Greek and contemporary artists. 


920 E. Broadway

Poppy has arts and crafts that range from jewelry to greeting cards, baby toys and furniture.

Perlow-Stevens Gallery

1025 E. Walnut St.

Located in the North Village Arts District, the Perlow-Stevens Gallery has wood pieces, glass, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and fiber. 

Pure Gallery

504 E. Broadway

Pure promotes local photographers and sells prints. Classes are available, as well as gallery space. 

The State Historical Society of Missouri

1012 Lowry St., MU

The State Historical Society is on the east side of Ellis Library, and houses art collections and Missouri manuscripts. It has an impressive collection of George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton works. 

Stephens College: Davis Art Gallery

Walnut and Ripley streets

The Davis Art Gallery has rotating exhibits and admission is free. Although the gallery is on another campus, it is within walking distance from MU.

Stephens College: Historic Costume Gallery

6 N. College Ave., Lena Raney Wood Hall

The Costume Gallery has over 13,000 items of clothing, some dating back to 1730. This gallery includes works by famous designers such as Chanel and Oscar de la Renta.

University of Missouri Craft Studio Gallery

N12 Memorial Student Union, lower level, MU

The Craft Studio offers classes to students and Columbia residents, as well as a small gallery space. Students and staff can exhibit by applying online.

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