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Every state's best free attraction

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 51: Recognized as the top gallery in the state, this artistic treasure trove holds more than 27,000 items. It has been welcoming art lovers since 1885, with pieces ranging from Native American works to those hailing from all over Europe, Asia and Africa. Make time to see the Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden in the upper plaza. A permanent exhibition, it spreads over 13,000 square feet (1,207sqm) – the focus is a towering water feature designed by renowned American sculptor Elyn Zimmerman. The museum is currently operating at 50% capacity.

Alabama: Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham

Recognized as the top gallery in the state, this artistic treasure trove holds more than 27,000 items. It has been welcoming art lovers since 1885, with pieces ranging from Native American works to those hailing from all over Europe, Asia and Africa. Make time to see the Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden in the upper plaza. A permanent exhibition, it spreads over 13,000 square feet (1,207sqm) – the focus is a towering water feature designed by renowned American sculptor Elyn Zimmerman. The museum is currently operating at 50% capacity.

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