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A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery

Discover Where Florida Art Began

With a recently added, multi-million dollar expansion, the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery houses the nation’s largest public presentation of artwork by Florida’s preeminent painter, A.E. “Bean” Backus (1906-1990), and is home to the state’s only permanent multimedia exhibition on the Florida Highwaymen.

With a career spanning more than 70 years, Backus was the first Florida-born artist to build his professional renown by painting the landscape and scenes from daily life of his native state. He was fortunate to have known great success during his lifetime, with paintings hanging in the businesses and the private collections of many of Florida’s most prominent citizens. A renowned humanitarian who abhorred the racist attitudes and segregation that engulfed the region, Backus taught and mentored the group of entrepreneurial African American artists who became known as the Florida Highwaymen. Their inspiring story is part of the A.E. Backus legacy.

In addition to preserving and perpetuating the artistic and humanitarian legacy of Backus, the Museum organizes and hosts changing exhibitions from artists of national and international acclaim. 

The Museum is located on the banks of the Indian River in Veterans Memorial Park, in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce.

Best Museum 2018

We were voted
"Best Museum 2018" in Indian River Magazine's annual "Best of the Treasure Coast." Readers described us as "a fabulous place to visit."

HOURS & ADDRESS
Wednesday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
12:00pm - 4:00pm
500 North Indian River Drive
Historic Downtown
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
772-465-0630
          
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