About the Museum
The mission of the Arnot Art Museum is to preserve the original collection of Matthias H. Arnot and, with a primary focus on representational art, to collect and exhibit works of art possessing the highest quality, merit, enduring worth and interest for the purpose of:
promoting an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts;
providing inspiration, enjoyment and enlightenment to the largest possible audience;
enhancing the culture of our region;
nurturing a local, regional and national role based on our collection.
The Arnot Art Museum was founded with the bequest by Matthias H. Arnot of his collection, home, and an endowment in 1910. In 1913 the Arnot Art Gallery opened in the renovated Greek Revival home built by John Arnot, Sr. in 1833, the year of Matthias’s birth. Since then it has grown to become one of the leading cultural institutions in the region.