From Family Estate to Renowned Museum

Completed in 1917, Reynolda House Museum of American Art was originally the home of Katharine Smith and R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Promising a healthier lifestyle, the more than 34,000-square-foot historic home was the centerpiece of a 1,067-acre estate and model farm. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Reynolds family’s 64-room historic house stands as one of the few well-preserved, surviving examples of the American Country House movement. 

Inside, you’ll find not only more than 6,000 historic objects, but also a collection of world-renowned American art on view in the historic house and special exhibitions in the Babcock Gallery. Spanning 250 years, the collection is a chronology of American art, and features artists such as  Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Edwin Church, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Lee Krasner, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Jacob Lawrence, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood. Works rotate throughout the historic house frequently, and the Museum keeps a listing of current works of American art on view here. View a listing of decorative arts on view here.

Special exhibitions take place seasonally in the Babcock Gallery. View our current and upcoming exhibitions here. 

Historic House Interiors
R.J. Reynolds Study
Dining Room

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For the Curious


Nov 18, 2023, 1:30pm

All are welcome to visit Reynolda “on the house”! Go on a self-guided tour of Smith and Libby: Two Rings, Seven Months, One Bullet and the historic house, enjoy light refreshments, live jazz by Ma…

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Ongoing, 3:30pm

Gather in the Reception Hall of the Historic House to share the Christmas cheer through song and community. While pre-registration is encouraged, it is not required — nor is singing experience! …

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Dec 7, 2023, 2:00pm

Gather in the Reception Hall of the Historic House to listen to familiar Christmas songs played on the 1917 Aeolian Organ. Free with general museum admission. Pre-registration is encouraged, though no…

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Ongoing, 5:00pm

Note: Tours begin every 15 minutes and last one hour. More information can be found at the registration link below. Join us this holiday season for a special Christmas tour at Reynolda House. Docents,…

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