Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

September 19, 2005

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, on the banks of City Park Lake in Hagerstown, is one of only three fine arts museums in Maryland accredited by the American Association of Museums. The other two are the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, also in Baltimore.

More than 71,000 visitors a year view exhibitions or attend concerts, lectures or children's art events and classes.

Founded by Hagerstown native Anna Brugh Singer and her husband, artist William Henry Singer Jr., the museum was incorporated in 1929.

Anna Brugh Singer expanded the museum in 1949, adding two wings in memory of her late husband. The most recent additions were made in 1994 and 1998.

The museum's primary focus is on 19th-century and early 20th-century American art, but its 12 galleries showcase a collection of 7,000 works that include Old Masters, as well as contemporary works.


There are about 15 exhibits each year focusing on works from the museum's permanent collection, traveling shows, and regional and national artists.

Exhibits include:

  • The Art of Music on loan from the Baltimore Museum of Art. Features artwork involving music, musical instruments and listening stations to hear how certain selections of music relate to the art. Sept. 30 to Nov. 20.

  • Paintings by Caroline Jasper. Oil paintings of landscapes, still life and marine settings by the Bel Air, Md., artist, who explores the effects of light. Nov. 18 to Dec. 30.

  • Winter Scenes by Charles Dahlgreen, an early 20th-century master printmaker. Nov. 18 to Jan. 8, 2006.

The museum hosts lectures and concerts. The schedule includes:

  • The Washington County Museum Consort, Oct. 9.

  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra Ensemble, Oct. 23.

  • Bowman Memorial Recital featuring Cardinal Trio, Nov. 6.

  • The Gallery Quartet, Nov. 27.

  • Joshua Bayer Jazz, Dec. 11.

Concerts start Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

The museum's Saturday Morning Youth Program began Sept. 10 and runs through June, almost every Saturday. It is free and open to ages 6 to 12. Preregistration is required.

On Nov. 12, the Singer Society, the museum's volunteer organization, will host the annual Treasure Sale. A preview party will be Nov. 11. Donated collectible items are welcome for this fundraiser.

The Museum Shop will host a Twilight Sale Nov. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be wine, cheese, music, and a 20 percent discount for museum and Singer Society members.

The Children's Holiday Reception will be Saturday, Dec. 10. Features Michael Shwedick from Reptile World, who will have live reptiles.

Museum facts

Directions: From U.S. 40 into downtown Hagerstown, go south on Walnut Street to Park Circle. City Park and the museum are on the right.

Cost: Free admission and parking. Donations accepted.

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Telephone: 301-739-5727. The deaf may call 301-739-5764 or go to on the Web.

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