The Margaret Harwell Art Museum's mission is to challenge the expansion of aesthetic awareness, the appreciation of the visual arts and the involvement of the Poplar Bluff and surrounding communities in high quality art and educational experiences.
Opening the Museum
Opening to the public in 1981, the museum is named for its benefactor, the late Margaret Harwell, a Poplar Bluff business woman and civic leader who left her estate to the city to establish an art center and museum.
Exhibitions change on a regular basis and they include nationally and internationally known artists as well as regularly scheduled exhibitions such as a mail-in art show, a photo competition and a juried artist's guild exhibition.
Programs at the Museum
An active Friends of the Museum organization and the Missouri Arts Council help support programming at the museum with fundraisers including the Falls Arts Festival/Art on the Run held annually on the first Saturday in October.
Admission to the museum is free of charge.