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The Sun Valley Museum of Art produces and presents an incredible array of arts events and programs throughout the year for our community. Please check our PROGRAM & EVENTS CALENDAR for upcoming events or visit the Museum to view the current exhibition.
SVMoA is proud to offer an immersive and accessible multidisciplinary arts experience in a variety of locations including our own facilities and in other community spaces throughout the Wood River Valley. In the spring of 2023, SVMoA completed an extensive interior renovation that includes expanded and upgraded gallery space for exhibitions, a refreshed studio/classroom space and a welcoming place for the community to gather.
We hope to see you at our events and programs! Learn more about SVMoA's facilities, the Museum and the Hailey House and Classroom below:
(Closed Sun & Mon)
The Museum is closed on federal holidays.
The Museum is FREE and OPEN to the public. Group/Private Tours are available! Please contact us if interested in scheduling a private tour at 208-726-9491.
SVMoA's Museum and Box Office are located in Ketchum at the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street, one block west of Main Street.
Admission to the museum is always FREE!
Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Museum of Art (formerly named Sun Valley Center for the Art) is the oldest arts organization in Idaho’s Wood River Valley and the largest in the state of Idaho. Over time, SVMoA has grown from a handful of people presenting classes and events to a professional arts organization and accredited museum that serves our community through robust year-round arts programming for all ages.
- SVCA Finds a Home: The original campus of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities was established on land deeded by Bill Janss, owner of Sun Valley Company from 1964 to 1977. When the Union Pacific Railroad owned Sun Valley Resort, the 6-acre property along Trail Creek was the site of kennels where the resort’s sled dogs were kept; today the property is home to Sun Valley Community School. The Center offered high-level fine arts residencies. Many of the participating artists and faculty have since gone on to achieve celebrated careers.
- The Arts Flourish & Many Firsts: Faculty established the Wood River Valley’s first art gallery and taught classes in photography, printmaking and ceramics. The Center’s dance and theater workshops offered a broader arts experience than was previously available, and conferences held by the Institute of the American West attracted prominent historians and an audience hungry for knowledge of the Western experience.
- Janss Corporation’s Commitment & A Growing Community: An expanded community began to demand and support The Center’s programs due to The Janss Corporation’s commitment to to developing a year-round resort and attracting second homeowners to the area.
- Careful Restructuring: A decrease in federal funding for the arts forced The Center to closely examine its programs and finances. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors chose to restructure The Center’s offerings to better align with its financial capabilities and the community’s needs. The Center’s philosophy was also redefined, with programming for the local community taking priority.
- Two Major Steps: The Center redesigned its art workshops to appeal to a broader segment of the community and made a commitment to present the talents of nationally and internationally recognized artists in the visual arts, the performing arts and the humanities.
- A Unique Multidisciplinary Approach to Programming: SVCA is nationally recognized for its unique, multidisciplinary BIG IDEA programming. The directors of visual arts, performing arts, education and humanities programs work in tandem with the Artistic Director to develop three or four BIG IDEA projects each year that explore relevant themes from a variety of perspectives. Inviting the whole community to participate in conversation, recent BIG IDEAS include refugees, the brain, Rock and Roll, the meaning of gender in the 21st century, the Great Basin and play and social structures.
- We Are a Museum: In 2006, The Center receives accreditation from the American Association of Museums accredits Sun Valley Center for the Arts in recognition of its adherence to the highest standards of operation and programming. Only 5 percent of America’s arts and cultural institutions share this distinction.
- Company of Fools Merger: In January 2013, The Center’s Board of Directors approved a merger with Company of Fools, a long-standing and award-winning professional theatre company. As a prominent program within The Center, Company of Fools maintains its name and identity and continues to base its operations at the historic Liberty Theatre on Main Street in Hailey, Idaho.
- Reaffirmation of Museum Status: The American Alliance of Museums reaffirmed The Center’s accreditation in 2016
- A Generous Donation for a Permanent Home: Demi Moore and Bruce Willis donated the historic Liberty Theatre to the Company of Fools and the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in 2016. The generous donation formalized the Liberty as the Fools’ theatrical home and provided a permanent anchor for The Center’s programming in Hailey.
- Evaluation of the SVCA Brand: The Sun Valley Center for the Arts began to evaluate its brand and its perception in the community in 2017
- The Center Becomes Sun Valley Museum of Art: As a result of an extensive brand assessment, thorough evaluations and deep discussions, Sun Valley Center for the Arts launches a new name and identity—Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA)—to strengthen its brand and usher in its next 50 years. The new name enables SVMoA to better serve its local and greater arts community by communicating its museum accreditation and its core purpose to educate and inspire. The name Sun Valley Museum of Art speaks to the caliber of its exhibitions and connects participants to a place for investigating and asking questions. SVMoA joins the ranks of great 21st-century museums with its multidisciplinary offerings, world-class performing and visual arts exhibitions and interactive, educational approach. SVMoA’s mission remains the same: to enrich its community through transformative arts and educational experiences.
- How often do you offer a new exhibitition?
Sun Valley Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Just 5% of all museums in the US (including four other museums in Idaho) earn AAM accreditation. We are able to change our space four to five times a year and offer new art exhibitions by nationally and internationally-known artists.
- Do you offer guided tours?
Yes, we offer FREE guided evening tours led by SVMoA's curatorial staff during an informal and informative tour of our visual arts exhibitions...and enjoy a glass of wine before you join in the conversation.
Check out our calendar to see when we offer our next Evening Exhibition Tour.
- Do you offer Student Exhibition Tours?
- Do you offer Group Tours?
Yes, we are happy to schedule private tours for individuals, families or groups. Please contact us for more details at 208.726.9491.
- Can I come in-between tours and visit?
Of course. SVMoA is open Tuesday–Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays). We welcome visitors of all ages and encourage you to explore the art on your own time.
- Can I bring food and drink in the Museum?
No, food or drink is not allowed in the Museum, but there are plenty of options nearby and within walking distance. For more information on local dining establishments, please visit visitsunvalley.com.
- Can I photograph or record any of the exhibits?
Yes, SVMoA allows you to take photos and video of our exhibits. On occasion, there will be an exception, but we will notify you of the change.
Feel free to share your photos and tag us online at @sunvalleymuseum.
- Is the art available for purchase?
Yes, on occasion art is available for purchase. Please inquire at the front desk for details if interested.
- What is Gallery Walk?
SVMoA is associated with member galleries of the Sun Valley Gallery Association and participated in the scheduled Gallery Walks. The Museum will remain open for visitors from 5–7pm on Gallery Walk evenings.
Gallery Walk provides visitors and local residents the opportunity to view new exhibitions of painting, photography, glass, sculpture, video and installation art throughout the city of Ketchum. The walks are free and a great way to explore town.
Visit our events calendar for upcoming Gallery Walks.
- Does SVMoA offer accessible parking?
Yes, the Museum offers designated accessible parking. Please call us for further information at 208.726.9491.
- Do you offer family activities?
Yes, we offer:
- Exhibition Activity Guides
- FREE Afternoon Art in Ketchum and Hailey (for families with children ages 5–12)
- Self-guided activities and art supplies available in the Ketchum studio/classroom (when other programs are not scheduled)
Visit our Youth & Families page for more information.
- Do you offer any classes for my kids?
Yes, we offer:
- Summer Art Camp for 3-5 graders)
- Summer Art Camp for 6-8 graders
- Teen Workshops
- Teen Nights
- Drop-in family art activities
Visit our Youth & Families page for more information.
- Can I or my children touch the art?
No. Please talk with your children about the importance of not touching and keeping a safe distance from the artwork. Leaning on cases, pedestals and walls is not safe or allowed.
- Do you offer anything else to enhance the experience?
Yes, feel free to pick up an Exhibition Activity Guide (available at the Museum front desk) to guide you through the exhibition.
- Is there a space for art activities for families?
The Ketchum classroom/studio provides opportunities for adults and children to connect to art and experiment with self-guided art activities and art supplies through hands-on experiences and play.
The Sun Valley Museum of Art is dedicated to providing visitors and families with a comfortable and engaging experience for all ages. For additional questions please call us at 208.726.9491.
The Museum is wheelchair accessible via a ramp located on Washington Avenue.
Only service animals are permitted at The Museum.
Please call us for further information or assistance at 208-726-9491.
Hailey House & Classroom
Located 2 blocks east of Main Street in downtown Hailey between Pine Street and Walnut Street.
The historic Hailey House is open to visitors by appointment and during scheduled events. The upstairs is frequently used to house visiting actors, artists and musicians.
- A Historic New Home in Hailey: In 2005, the Sun Valley Museum of Art became the owner of one of the oldest and most historic houses in Hailey, Idaho. The birthplace of the poet Ezra Pound, the house was later the private residence of one of Hailey’s most beloved and busy citizens, Roberta McKercher, until her death in 1996.
- Classroom Transformation: SVMoA immediately set to work to create a freestanding, 1,200-square-foot classroom 2006. Designed by local architects Marc and Jill Corney of Red Canoe Architecture, the classroom is named the Castellano-Wood Family Classroom in honor of Sun Valley Museum of Art benefactors Benjamin Wood and Theresa Castellano-Wood.
- A Place for Learning: Together, the house and classroom allow SVMoA to offer classes, workshops and small lectures and performances in a location convenient to the growing population of southern Blaine County.
- What type of classes held at the Hailey Classroom?
SVMoA programs a variety of workshops and classes for all ages throughout the year at the Hailey Classroom. Some are a few hours in the evening on a single night; some may be a week-long workshop. Categories in all artistic mediums for Adults, Teens, Youth, and Families. Be sure to check our events calendar for all upcoming classes and workshops.
- Is there parking at the Hailey House & Classroom?
Yes, there are designated free off-street parking spaces in front of the building.
Box Office & Event Info
The Ketchum Box Office is located at the front desk at the Museum.
Costs for SVMoA programs will vary depending on the event from FREE to a range of ticketed prices. SVMoA members receive discounts on most ticketed events.
- How do I pick up my tickets?
SVMoA now uses only e-tickets for our events. Please have your bar codes, “Barcoded ETicket," pulled up on your phone (or a printed copy of each ticket) and ready to be scanned at the door.
Should you prefer to pick up a physical copy of your tickets, please come by during SVMoA's public hours of operation (Tue–Fri, 10am–5pm, Sats, 11am–4pm, closed Sun and Mon).
- How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can purchased at any time, 24/7, via our online box office. Patrons are always welcome to call us at 208-726-9491 of come see us at the Box Office to purchase tickets directly. We are happy to help!
- What are SVMoA membership rates?
Sun Valley Museum of Art is a membership organization. SVMoA members receive discounted pricing on programs including play, lectures, concerts, classes and more.
View our Membership page to learn more about membership benefits or become a member today!
- What events does SVMoA host outside the Museum?
We host a variety of events from concerts, to featured speakers, film screenings, and classes and workshops at other facilities in Sun Valley, Ketchum and Hailey. Be sure to check out the location details for each event offered.
- What happens if the event sells out?
If an event sells out we will create a wait list. Please contact us at 208-726-9491 for more details.
- What time should I arrive?
Typically doors open thirty minutes before showtime.
- Can I get a refund or exchange for my tickets if I can’t make it to the show?
All event tickets offered through the Museum are neither exchangeable nor refundable. If you cannot use your tickets, you may give them to a friend or return them to SVMoA prior to the show for a tax-deductible contribution equal to the price you paid for the tickets (excluding ticketing fees, which are not tax-deductible). Please contact the Box Office at 208.726.9491 for more information.
- What if the show is cancelled or postponed?
For reasons beyond our control (e.g., weather, artist scheduling, illness), shows may be canceled or postponed. If this occurs, we will contact ticket holders via email and post announcements on our website and Facebook page to alert patrons of any changes and the solution. If you have any questions, please contact us at 208.726.9491 or email@example.com.
- Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed at any of SVMoA's events. The Museum does allow service animals. Please contact the Box Office at 208.726.9491 for more information.
- Can I take photos or record the event?
No, SVMoA does not allow any recording of musicians or performers at any events. By purchasing a ticket to one of our events, you agree to our Terms & Conditions, which includes a Photo Participation & Waiver Release.
Professional photographers must contact SVMoA in advance to receive permission to take photos at our concerts.
- Behavioral Expectations & Guidelines
Be mindful of all guests attending—we ask that you do not bring outside alcohol. Respect your fellow guests by not smoking or talking during performances. We do not permit cell phone use. No weapons are allowed in any of our venues.
Patrons who are disruptive, disrespectful or inebriated before, during or after a performance will be asked to leave the venue and will not receive a refund.
- Are there dining options you can recommend?
There are many restaurants within walking distance. For more information on local dining establishments please visit visitsunvalley.com.
- Do I need a ticket for my child?
We do not allow babes in arms for events, and children who do attend must have their own purchased seat.
We offer specially-priced tickets for students 18 and under at some events. Please contact the Museum at 208.726.9491 for more information.
Our venues are ADA accessible, but due to the construction of certain venues, extra precautions are occasionally required. Please contact us at 208.726.9491 to let us know how we can best accommodate you.
SVMoA's curator and docents lead informal and informative tours of visual arts exhibitions, offering insights about artists, subject matter, style and content. Student Exhibitions Tours, Evening Exhibition Tours and Group/Private Tours are available. Click here to view upcoming tours and learn more.
In accordance with the ADA, our venues are accessible, but due to the age of some venues, they may have certain limitations. Please contact us at 208-726-9491 in order to best accommodate all guests.
Only service animals are permitted at our events and venues.