The Taubman Museum of Art is located at 110 Salem Avenue South East in Roanoke, Virginia.
This museum is the perfect place to visit if you are vacationing in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley Region.
The Taubman is right on the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a great place to see some contemporary art in a not so contemporary surrounding.
The building itself if something spectacular and is in itself a great thing to look at.
This contemporary 81,000 square foot building is right in the heart of downtown Roanoke.
This is a relatively new museum having opened just a few years ago in the fall of 2008.
There are several traveling exhibits being held at any given time throughout the year. Some examples of the works of art being showcased are the following: “Fallen” and “The Corrugated Fountain”.
“Fallen” is an installation by Jane Hammond and features leaves dedicated to fallen soldiers of the current Iraqi War.
James Grashow’s “The Corrugated Fountain” runs until early 2011. Both large and smaller scale art pieces in a 3-D format are some of this artist’s specialties.
Aside from the exhibits, there are several special programs that you can attend.
Luncheons and golf tournaments as well as a free night of museum admission are some of the many things offered here at the Taubman.
There are also family and school oriented programs that are great for all ages. They even have a teen committee board which is just another fantastic way to involve youth in the arts.
There is also a huge gift shop area with jewelry, post cards, ceramics, and lots of art books to browse through and purchase during your visit. This is a great opportunity to buy a more sophisticated souvenir gift for someone back home.
There is also a small restaurant on site so you won’t have to worry about grabbing a bite to eat before or after you arrive.
“Norah’s Café” sells items such as soup, salads, and sandwiches. These items can range you anywhere from $3 to $12. You can also order a value lunch for $5.
The hours of operation are sort of confusing. The museum is closed on Mondays; Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Fridays and Saturdays they are open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Thursdays they are open from 10 a.m. until 8 a.m.; Sundays they are open from noon until 5 p.m.
The admission prices are as follows: Adults are $10.40; seniors who are age 60 and older are $9; children ages 4 through 12 are $5.50; and kids 3 and under are free.