The Maryhill Museum started out as the mansion of Sam Hill, an entrepreneur raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who settled in the state of Washington in the early 1900s hoping to establish a Quaker farming community. The Museum opened its doors in 1940 after Hill's death, under the direction of a friend who was the wife of a San Francisco sugar magnate. The "2010 Exhibits", under "Exhibits" on the menu across the top of the page, offers visitors a great overview of the Museum's collecting history over the past 70 years, with its "70: Seven Decades of Collecting at Maryhill Museum of Art". Visitors should click on "Additional Images" to see the types of artwork collected over the years, including paintings, posters, carved ivory chess pieces, blown glass and even miniature well-dressed mannequins. Visitors intrigued by glass making will enjoy the exhibit "William Morris: Native Species", which contains the work of contemporary artist William Morris, and features earthy, Northwest-inspired vessels that contain actual leaf shards, pods, and pine needles.


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