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Mary G. Hardin Center For Cultural Arts

501 Broad Street

About Us:

On the corner of Fifth and Broad in historic downtown Gadsden sits an unusual building. Its triangular shape and enormous cylinder have come to stand for the educational opportunities and endless entertainment the arts bring to a community. The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, under the direction of the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation, opened in 1990, and today more than 100,000 people visit the exhibits, performances and functions held at the Center each year.

The Hardin Center is home to,

Three galleries that feature a wide range of changing national and local exhibits.

Centerstage Presents sponsors dinner theaters, courtyard concerts, chamber music and more.

Imagination Place Children’s Museum located adjacent to the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in the historic Kyle Building. IPCM reaches thousands of children through museum visits and educational outreach.

The Gadsden Community School for the Arts which offers instruction in ballet, lyrical jazz dance, strings, woodwind, brass, voice and more.

The nationally celebrated Etowah Youth Orchestras featuring 300 talented young musicians.


Crystal Jordan

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
We love this place! They have such great events! They bring in a great variety of exhibits! The kids love to play here! The staff are friendly and helpful! The snow exhibit in winter is always fun! We just visited Storyland. It was really fun for my toddler and my school aged boys! Sadly, I did notice many areas in need of repair.

ronald f

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Very overpriced and we have more toys at home to play with.they even charge 8 dollars for adults to get in. Don't waste your money and plan you another trip. The kids was ready to go in 10 minutes.I put a one star cause I couldn't put a negative.

Misty Merilien

Friday, June 15, 2018
We visited Imagination Place. It is a fun-filled place for children and relaxing atmosphere for the adults.


Friday, March 2, 2018
I really like the staff. They really, seriously need to fix the escalator. That aside. I am glad they are around. They host shows, plays, they have classes occasionally. My kids love the little town play place. As we home school this is a prime resource. However, if there's a birthday party being hosted steer clear. Mad chaos. The staff are actually used to this and are glad to have help cleaning after the flood of unruly children leave. More people need to support this place.

karen roe

Friday, March 2, 2018
Amazing exhibit for kids. They have interactive book exhibit to help kids learn to read. My grandson loves it. I can read him stories while he runs around and plays with the different book exhibits they have. I enjoy taking my grandson to the different exhibits and also the imagination place there to wher he can burn some energy on cold and wet days.

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