The mission of the Academy Art Museum is to promote the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum’s expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.
The building which houses the Academy Art Museum (AAM) at 106 South Street is one of Easton’s historic landmarks. In 1820, the original building (now the Museum’s Healy Gallery) was completed and became home to the first chartered school in Easton. By 1853, the building was expanded (now the Museum’s Lederer Gallery) and by 1866 had become the High School of Talbot County, later renamed the Male School of Easton and subsequently the Female School of Easton. By the 1880s, the school was known as the Easton Primary and Grammar School until 1933 when it was sold, becoming a funeral home and then an antique store.