About the Museum
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art offers a variety of multi-disciplined exhibitions annually. The permanent exhibition of the Martin Petroglyph is on display in a replicated bluff shelter setting. The 3,000 pound boulder depicts human footprints and snakes carved by the prehistoric people of northwest Alabama. Objects including shell and stone carvings, pottery, projectile points, among others interpret the mastery of the earliest people of our area. Touring trunks are available at no charge to 4th grade classes that teach Alabama history. The trunks contain teacher guides, resource books, tapes and reproductions of prehistoric artifacts excavated from the Tennessee River basin by archaeologists. The contents are designed to assist teachers to relate the artistry and innovation of the prehistoric people of the Tennessee Valley.
A rare and historic Chickasaw beaded and embroidered bandolier strap is also on display. The strap belonged to Chief George Colbert for whom the county is named.
Admission during the week is $5 for adults /$3 for students & children.
Sundays are free. Admission may increase for special exhibitions.
Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm. Sunday, 1-3pm. Closed Saturdays and on major holidays; please check this site or call 256-383-0533 to confirm holiday closings.
*TVAA WILL BE CLOSED DECEMBER 25- JANUARY 1.
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is located at 511 N. Water Street, Tuscumbia, Alabama adjacent to the Helen Keller birthplace. Enter the Museum via the West entrance facing the birthplace.
To retain the integrity of Tuscumbia’s beautiful Common, the Art Association has elected not to build a parking lot on the green, but rather to allow visitors to park on the perimeter of the Common around the Museum. Nose-in parking is recommended. Parking is also available in a city-owned parking lot on Water Street. However, one must walk to the West entrance to enter the Museum.
Photography or videography is not permitted by any device in the Museum for most exhibits. Inquire about special exceptions upon entering the Museum.
Safety, Security and Preservation
To ensure the safety of exhibitions and Museum visitors, book-bags and large purses are not allowed and visitors are asked to maintain a distance of 1 foot from art objects. The use of pens is not allowed in the galleries; pencils may be used to take notes or sketch. The use of electronic devices is not permitted in the galleries.
The museum is fully accessible but there is no designated parking of any kind on the Common. A limited number of wheelchairs are available. Three paintings from the Museum's permanent collection have been replicated in tactile reproductions. They are available for hands-on study by the visually impaired as well as through verbal description. Call to schedule a tour that includes these works.
Schedule a tour
Docent-led group tours are available for both adults and children. The tour guides have information that will help your group interpret and develop a better understanding for works in a specific exhibition.