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IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art

540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8057
+1 360-370-5050
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Small art museum

This as one of the smallest art museums I have ever been too and lots of art by just a few artists... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cottonwood, California
Waited for three years.

Waited for three years while the construction labored on and on and finally, we walked up to the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Robert M
Newport Beach, California, United States
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IMA (San Juan Islands Museum of Art) A short walk from the ferry, IMA is the first art museum in the San Juan Islands. Along with a revolving repertoire of major exhibits of fine visual arts and workshops, IMA also offers a forum for local artists to display their work as part of its Artists Registry. IMA raises and distributes money to support art in the Friday Harbor elementary and middle schools, and runs the popular free "Family Art Days" program every Saturday in July and August in the orchard beside the museum. IMA is a registered 501 C 3 nonprofit organization and depends on donations, memberships, fundraising and a cadre of experienced, capable and dedicated volunteers.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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540 Spring St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-8057
+1 360-370-5050
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This as one of the smallest art museums I have ever been too and lots of art by just a few artists and seemed to repeat itself. Easily through it in 15 minutes. The restrooms were great!!!

Thank auctioneer2244
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Waited for three years while the construction labored on and on and finally, we walked up to the front door and entered to be greeted by a $10 dollar admission. The exhibit was good, not great, all newish homage to the indigenous natives of the...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 4 September 2017

There was a great exhibit of native art when I visited. Very cool masks. You can take as many photos as you want (with a few exceptions). Nice way to spend an hour.

Thank TaraM299
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I visited in early June 2017 and still think about this place and tell people about it. I was struck by the display of Native art that I saw (Pacific Northwest and Canada). I'm not sure if this was a special exhibit, or if some...More

Thank donna c
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This art museum is a lovely gem. The current exhibit is devoted to Inuit artists and also British Columbia's First Nation artists. The museum is small but beautifully laid out with plenty of space. The works were interesting and almost all from private collections. So...More

1  Thank Marilyn V
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

The SJIMA is probably the smallest art museum we've visited, but what it lacked in size, it made up for in exhibits. We were there during an exhibit of First Nations art all on loan from private collections. Staff were helpful and friendly. There was...More

Thank bandjmasters
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The museum is not large but we loved it. My granddaughter loves art museums so when we travel we look for opportunities to visit. We were not disappointed. In this case they were showing First Nation Art from Coastal Pacific Tribes and Inuit art from...More

Thank RegularTraveler_13
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a very nice museum for such a small rural community. The art is first class--much better than the crafty kinds of found in most small towns.

Thank Sandy S
Reviewed 7 February 2017

This is a really great addition to the community of Friday Harbor. A wonderful little museum. A unique experience.

Thank HRPufnstuff
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

With only 2 rooms and an atrium, I was impressed with the content of this small museum. The curator does a lovely job with the exhibits and is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Jo C
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