About Us

History

In April 1952, the Tyler Service League formed the first Community Arts Committee. Because there was not an art museum within one hundred miles of Tyler, they knew there were many children who had no opportunity to see and experience works of art. "Picture Ladies" from the Tyler Service League took prints to 5th and 6th grade classrooms, rotating the prints once each week. This program continued and in 1960 they purchased the property known as the Jamie T. Smith home and established an art center there...

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Accreditation





Accreditation is a widely recognized seal of approval; it is the recognition of a museum's commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional development. The Tyler Museum of Art joins the ranks of some 342 art museums in the nation accredited by the AAM. There are currently 771 accredited museums in the country, including not only art museums but also various types of cultural and educational organizations such as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, science centers, history museums and historic sites.

Directions to the Museum

Dallas:

Take Hwy 80 / I-20 East to Tyler exit (Hwy 69). Go right on Hwy 69 South 8 miles to US 271 (Beckham Ave). Go right on Beckham Ave to Hwy 64 (Fifth Street). Go left on Fifth Street to Mahon Ave. Go right on Mahon Ave. TMA one block on the right.

Shreveport:

Take I-20 West to Tyler exit (Hwy 271). Go left on Hwy 271 to Tyler (10 miles). Proceed on Hwy 271 (Beckham St.) to Fifth St. Go left on Fifth St. to Mahon Ave. Go left on Mahon Ave. TMA one block on the right.

Houston:

Take I-45 North to Buffalo. Take Hwy. 79 North to Palestine. Take Hwy. 155 North to Tyler. Turn right on Loop 323. Follow Loop 323 to Fifth Street. Turn left on Fifth Street. Go right on Mahon Ave. TMA one block on the right.

MUSEUM HOURS:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am-5pm
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Closed Mondays & Most Major Holidays

Mission Statement

The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts.

Vision Statement

The Tyler Museum of Art will be a destination for people seeking a dynamic culturally enriching experience in the visual arts.