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The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
by Steven Wierszalowski

     he Auburn University Jule Collins Smith Museum has eight art galleries focusing mainly on 19th and 20th century European and American art. The gallery includes a large collection of Jon James Audubon’s series on Birds of America. Auburns former head professor of art Frank Applebee purchased 117 paintings in a State Department Auction in 1948 that is on display at the museum. In 1946 the art work was on display in Europe and came under criticism from Congress for misrepresenting American ideals to the rest of the world. The 40,000 square foot museum includes a shop and a café overlooking a 3 acre lake. Outside the museum there are walkways through 15 acres of botanical gardens including full sized sculptures. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm. Auburn University students and staff get free admission with identification while general public fee is 5 dollars for adults and ages 17 and under get in free.