|Dahesh Museum of Art|
|Director||Flora Edouwaye S. Kaplan|
|Website||Dahesh Museum of Art|
The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only museum in the United States devoted to the collection and exhibition of European academic art of the 19th and 20th century. A museum is a "permanent institution in the service of society and of its development open to the public which acquires conserves researches communicates and exhibits the The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Academic art is a style of Painting and Sculpture produced under the influence of European academies or universities The collection originated with Lebanese writer, humanist, and philosopher Saleem Moussa Ashi (1909–1984), whose pen name was Dr. Dahesh. Lebanon (ˈlɛbənɒn Arabic: ar لبنان Lubnān) officially the Republic of Lebanon or Lebanese Republic (ar الجمهورية اللبنانية Philosophy is the study of general problems concerning matters such as existence knowledge truth beauty justice validity mind and language Dr Dahesh (1909 - 1984 was the name-title and Pen name of Saleem Moussa Ashi founder of Daheshism. The core of the museum's exhibit is Dr. Dahesh's collection of more than 2,000 academic paintings created in a style that struggled for years to compete with Impressionism. Impressionism was a 19th-century Art movement that began as a loose association of Paris -based Artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s 
The museum's creation stems from the Zahid Family's inheritance of Dr. Dahesh's collection upon his death. Five members of the family serve on the Museum's Board and chose to creation the museum in Manhattan rather than Lebanon due to the challenges of the city's art community.  The Museum was incorporated in 1987 and opened officially in 1995 at an 1,800 square foot gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The square foot is an Imperial unit / US customary unit (non- SI non- metric) of Area, used mainly in the United States The City of New York It struggled in the early years, due in part to the relatively obscure nature of its founder's legacy, and the perception of illustration as an art form.  Despite the struggles, the museum attracted an annual attendance of about 20,000 people and it was able to amass a $30m endowment in a little more than five years, rivaling that of the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim Museum refers to any of several Museums worldwide created and run by the Solomon R 
In September 2003, it opened in a new 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m²) space at 580 Madison Avenue and 56th street three years after an unsuccessful bid on a Columbus Circle property and a year after the new location was announced. Columbus Circle, named for Christopher Columbus, is a major landmark and point of attraction in the New York City borough of Manhattan.  This property, the former IBM Gallery, was completely redesigned by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology 
Although the museum moved out of the space on Madison Avenue in January 2008, due to rent related issues that caused it to look for a subletter for the remainder of its lease, the collection continues to travel throughout New York City and the world and the website has been redesigned in order to make the collection virtual. The City of New York  The museum hopes to find a new permanent home in Manhattan, although it has considered other locations in the area.