An art gallery is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, develops and enhances the collections of art objects and other cultural artefacts from all over the world. It may be public or private owned and can be available to all or come with rules in place for entry and collection. Since art galleries are generally found in commercial spaces, they can be privately owned, but they are also commonly found in museums, art galleries, as well as public galleries that are managed by the government. A public art gallery is usually supported by taxes and can be found in a variety of locations like parks, streets, and other public places. They can also be privately owned, but most often they are not given permits as they often contain works of private owners.
There has been and still is a misconception about art galleries that they house collections of paintings, sculptures, pottery, glass, or any other form of art. The fact is that art galleries are made up of many different things that help bring together the entire art world. A single gallery may preserve one artist’s work, feature works of many artists, or exhibit works from a wide range of disciplines. The fact is that the sole purpose of these venues is to display and encourage the viewing of art.
Art museums are places where people can go and view art while being protected from the elements. These museums are also used to exhibit art and other artifacts. Although they may contain a wide range of exhibits, most commonly they will only house major works of art from a particular time period or subject. While public art galleries are used to display art and help support the art community, private museums are used for private displays, research, and private collecting. Private museums can also include art pieces that have been donated to the museum by an individual, group, or organization.