The Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., Dover, will host “Ansel Adams: Early Works” from May 5 to July 30, beginning with a public opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 5.

The exhibition will present 40 works of the American photographer. Adams’ work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the "sublime" in the unspoiled Western landscape: a tradition that includes several painters on view within the Biggs Museum permanent collection, including Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole.

The exhibition will give an up-close look at cameras and tools that photographers used during the early era of photography.

This exhibition will be accompanied by various innovative, educational public programming to highlight the career, work and life of Adams, including Outside the Studio artist hikes, a concert and children's activities.

Museum admission is $10 general; $8 for ages 60 and older; and free for members, ages 12 and younger, students and active military and their families.

For information, visit biggsmuseum.org or call 674-2111.