A Wild Time.

Photographer Joel Sartore and the National Geographic Photo Ark.

Museum Programs

Through the presentation of compelling exhibitions and programs to our diverse audiences, we foster the transformative power of art. With more than 200 programs and events and over 30,000 visitors annually, Jule Collins Smith Museum is one of the leading art museums in the state.

Shop & Dine

Enjoy JCSM’s amenities in a beautiful setting! Select handcrafted and out of the ordinary gifts from the Museum Shop. The Museum Café serves lunch from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Tuesday through Friday with an evening menu on Thursdays 5 to 8 PM.

Take a Tour

Exploring the galleries with a docent, our specially trained guides, is all about casual dialogue that includes a wealth of relevant information based on the interests of the group. You can schedule tours for small groups in advance. 

Facility Rental

Our refined interior spaces and elegant gardens may be arranged to host a variety of events, meetings, seminars, wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays, and recitals.

Major Gifts

Giving to Auburn

JCSM is a charitable nonprofit organization committed to lifelong learning and community enrichment. By giving to Auburn’s art museum, you are investing in our future and allowing us to achieve our mission of changing lives through the transformative power of art. Over 80% of our total annual fundraising goal is focused on major gifts to underwrite exhibitions and programs, endow our grounds and facility, and build collections. Regardless of what method of giving you choose, all gifts to JCSM are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

For more information on how you can strengthen Auburn University through support for programs and exhibits at JCSM, call 334-844-1675.

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Photo by Grahm S. Jones.Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio After a photo shoot at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, a clouded leopard cub climbs on Sartore’s head. The leopards, which live in Asian tropical forests, are illegally hunted for their spotted pelts.

Expedition Auburn: An Evening with National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore

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Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a midwestern work…
© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark. An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

Joel Sartore Public Keynote at Foy Auditorium

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Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. His hallmarks are a sense of humor and a midwestern work…

"Art has enriched my life. I joined because I wanted to support a museum that gives Auburn University students and faculty, as well as the community, an opportunity for discovering how art can enrich the lives of all."

Margaret Craig-Schmidt, sustaining member