The goal of the Gadsden Museum of Art is to support and maintain a museum of local history of the Gadsden and Etowah County area and to support and maintain a museum dedicated to Southern artists. An additional goal is to promote an appreciation for all types of visual arts for the enjoyment and understanding of its visitors.
Gadsden Museum of Art features works of Southern art and artists and houses an extensive permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, and prints. In addition, the museum hosts a series of changing exhibits featuring the works of local and regional artists.
The Gadsden Museum of Art also fosters an awareness and appreciation of local history through exhibiting artifacts, antique properties, furniture, photographs, decorative arts, and items of historical significance of the Gadsden and Etowah County area.