General Information

The origins of the collection can be traced to 1732, when the third Earl of Burlington gave The College of William & Mary a portrait of the physicist Robert Boyle. Since that time, the collection has grown to over five thousand works of art encompassing a diverse group of objects from antiquity to the present, Eastern and Western art, and examples of almost every material and medium.

Of particular note are Colonial American and English seventeenth and eighteenth century portraits; a survey collection of original prints and drawings from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries representing both American and European artists, as well as a selection of Japanese prints, a collection of German Expressionist works by Hans Grohs, and the Jean Outland Chrysler collection of American modern works interpreted in oils, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture.

The permanent collection, which continues to grow through gifts and purchases, stands as a major artistic resource for The College and region.  We are excitedly in the process of digitizing our collection and will be updating this area with highlights from the collection as we develop our BROWSE THE COLLECTIONS searchable database.

More Information

Where can I get more information on a specific work of art?
You can get information about works in the collection or on view by making a request through email at

How can I view an object in the collection that is not currently on display?
We try to accommodate any request to view an object in our collection, but this is dependent on the condition of the object and the nature of the request. Works are not permitted to leave the Museum. You can make a request through email at If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member on campus requesting for a class please contact or 757.221.2703.

Can I get images of works in the collection?
Rights and Reproductions are administered through the Office of the Registrar. The fee for images varies depending on size and medium of the requested product, and the use. You must submit a request through email or written letter. This can be submitted through email, fax, mail, or in person. For more information please contact Laura Fogarty at or 757.221.2705.

What exhibitions or works in the collection are slated to show in the future?
Please visit our upcoming exhibitions page to learn more about what will be on view in the future.

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