Situated on one of the nation’s loveliest and most distinguished campuses, this lively teaching facility is known for its critically acclaimed, broad-based collection and innovative special exhibitions. Since its founding in 1876, the Museum has acquired more than 17,000 objects, ranging from antiquity to the present. Representing many cultures, chronological periods, and artistic media, the Museum provides aesthetic enjoyment, stimulates inquisitive looking, and encourages understanding of artistic achievements through time.
While art and art history students remain the most frequent visitors to our galleries, these days you are as likely to find English, philosophy, or history classes engaged in cross-disciplinary learning. The Museum’s impact on studies at Mount Holyoke has been amplified not only by our own efforts, but by the College’s dedication to liberal arts education and its recognition that visual literacy is a key competency for graduates.
Videos by Natalie Kulikowski, Research Assistant