Founded in 1976 by hugo and margaret dixon, the dixon gallery and gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including french and american impressionist paintings and significant holdings of german and english porcelain. The museum organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions every year, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages. The dixon’s seventeen acre campus is highly regarded public garden that includes formal spaces, woodland tracts, and cutting gardens. The dixon is accredited by the american association museums and is a member of the american public gardens association and botanical gardens conservation international.