Visitors to the Richmond Art Museum (RAM) should prepare to have their eyes opened and their minds engaged by traveling exhibitions, a remarkable permanent collection of 19th and 20th Century art, and a variety of stimulating child-centered activities. RAM’s purpose for over one hundred years has been to promote art culture and encourage art appreciation, and it carries out this mission by offering an array of exhibits and programs that appeal to all ages.
The only independent art museum to be housed within a public school, RAM takes its mission seriously. Elementary-age children are treated to intercultural learning experiences with the Art is… series, and the screening of independent short films created by high school filmmakers in the Phantoscope High School Film Festival appeals to young adults and adults alike. In addition, an annual high school art competition is hosted at RAM. Other programs with wide audience appeal include, and the annual museum-hosted Secret Garden Tour highlighting art that exists in local outdoor spaces. For over a century, the museum has also hosted the Annual Exhibition by Richmond and Area Artists, which is juried and features up and coming artists from Indiana and Ohio.
RAM is open to the public year-round without charge and is fully accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. The museum is conveniently located just off of U.S. 40 (Old National Road) and overlooks the scenic Whitewater Gorge. Nearby access to the Cardinal Greenway Trail gives visitors a chance to explore the Gorge and the Starr-Gennett historical site (birth place of recorded jazz) more closely. Olde Richmond, Uptown Richmond and the Earlham College campus are within walking distance.