The Muscarelle Museum of Art

Located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Lamberson Hall, The Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg serves as a working laboratory for the College, a platform for the Museum’s collection and visiting exhibitions and as a dynamic cultural resource for the community. Situated next to the Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on Jamestown Road, The Muscarelle Museum of Art first opened its doors in 1983 with the aim of creating a dynamic environment for the exploration of art and is a thriving museum and research center for the campus today. The Muscarelle Museum of Art



The Muscarelle Museum of Art features a range of exhibitions and programs that focus on the cultural landscape of the community with a permanent collection that is central to the function of the Museum as a laboratory for the study of art. The collection features more than 5,000 works acquired through generous donations.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art collection began with the donation of a portrait of the physicist, Robert Boyle from the third Earl of Burlington in 1732 and has since grown to over five thousand works of art. The collection as it stands today encompasses a diverse array of works from antiquity to the present, including both Eastern and Western art, Colonial American art, and German Expressionist works. Highlights of the collection include English portraits from the 17th and 18th century, prints and drawings from the 15th to the 20th century by American and European artists, German Expressionist works, a selection of Japanese prints, and a collection of American modern oils, watercolors, and sculptures. Photo: The Muscarelle Museum of Art

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The Museum has two floors on which galleries are housed – the first-floor galleries are devoted to national traveling exhibitions and loans from private collections while the second-floor galleries house the permanent collection. The Museum’s permanent collection includes American and European portraits from the 17th through the 19th centuries; Asian and Native American ceramics; original drawings, and mixed-media works from the 16th through the 20th centuries representing American, European, and Asian artists; and African art.

The first floor of the Museum also features the Herman Graphics Art Study Room in which changing exhibitions of works on paper from the collection are featured. Photo: The Muscarelle Museum of Art

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The Muscarelle Museum of Art offers an array of educational programs, lectures, workshops, and symposiums, in conjunction with the collections and temporary exhibitions. An ongoing series of lectures internationally recognized experts are presented on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Museum offers first-hand research for faculty members, including course support, guided class tours, and access to the Collections and Museum Research. For students, the Museum provides supervised access to the Collection and Museum Research, access to the galleries in the Museum for sketching, and various student events. Photo: The Muscarelle Museum of Art

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The Muscarelle Museum of Art is located on the campus of The College of William & Mary in the Lamberson Hall and is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and is closed on Mondays. Free parking is available in front of the Museum with a permit, and there are a limited number of metered spaces in the lot. Docent-led tours of the Museum are available without appointment every Saturday and Sunday at 1: 00 pm. The Museum is wheelchair accessible and handicapped parking is available.

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