The Muscarelle Museum of Art will be closed on Friday, June 18 in recognition of Juneteenth.
We will reopen with our usual hours on Saturday, June 19.

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December 1, 2016

A Deed Well Done: Thomas Jefferson’s 1783 Honorary Degree

February – August 2017 Thomas Jefferson’s Honorary Degree , from collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is the only diploma Jefferson received from his alma mater and confers upon him “gladly and eagerly of the degree of doctor in the civil law.”  This pocket exhibition focuses on Jefferson’s years at William & Mary and the mentors who helped shaped the mind of the third President of the United States. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Office of the President at William & Mary.  Read more about Jefferson’s diploma here.
September 9, 2016

Contemporary American Marine Art: 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists

September 10 through December 2, 2016 Hosted every three years by museums across the U.S., the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) holds a juried competition for the best in contemporary marine art.  ASMA is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art.  The Muscarelle Museum of Art kicks off the national tour in conjunction with the First National Marine Art Conference in Williamsburg (September 8-11). Unique to the Muscarelle display, the Museum will […]
September 9, 2016

Building the Brafferton: The Founding, Funding and Legacy of America’s Indian School

September 10, 2016 through January 8, 2017    Due to the inclement weather, the Muscarelle will be closed this weekend. We regret that January 6 will be the last day to come and see “Building the Brafferton” exhibition.  However, stay tuned for a forthcoming online version and exhibition catalogue. Constructed in 1723, the Brafferton Indian School remains a strong visual symbol on the campus of the College of William & Mary. This is the first exhibition to examine the history of the Brafferton within the wider trans-Atlantic networks of trade, politics of church and state, and Great Britain’s colonial enterprise in North […]
April 14, 2016

Museumscopes: Photography by Massimo Pacifico

April 16 – August 14, 2016 The Muscarelle Museum of Art is pleased to announce the North American premiere of Museumscopes: Photography by Massimo Pacifico,  a colorful exhibition on the surprising theme that laughter, tears, sleeping and dancing happen every day – even in museums.  In his worldwide travels to shoot stories on five continents, renowned Italian photographer Massimo Pacifico discovered along the way that museums are also great places to see people just being themselves.  He focuses his lens to portray, sometimes with humor and always with sensitivity, the expressions and gestures of his fellow visitors as they stand, […]
March 4, 2016

Curators at Work VI

Our signature series, Curators at Work, returns for its sixth installment on April 16.
February 4, 2016

Light Works: A Century of Great Photography

February 6, 2016— April 10, 2016 From Eadweard Muybridge’s 19th-century photographic studies of animal locomotion to Richard Misrach’s contemporary chromogenic prints, Light Works  explores the history of photography. Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and many other celebrated photographers are highlighted in this exhibition.  Drawn primarily from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Light Works   also features works from the Muscarelle Museum of Art permanent collection as well as important loans. Photo credit: EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE, Animal Locomotion, Man with a Donkey, 1887, collotype.  Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Gift of Wm John Upjohn. […]
May 19, 2015

Faculty Show 13

September 12, 2015 – January 17, 2016 Recent works of the teaching studio art faculty including visiting instructors and emeriti professors of The College of William & Mary are featured in Faculty Show 13.  This exhibition encompasses a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.  A long-standing collaboration between the Museum and the Department of Art & Art History, Faculty Show 13  includes works from the following artists: William Barnes, David Campbell, Linda Carey, Lewis Cohen, Suzanne Demeo, Michael Draeger, Eliot Dudik, Michael Gaynes, Kathleen Hall, Mike Jabbur, Marlene Jack, Brian Kreydatus, John Lee, Jayson Lowery, […]
May 3, 2015

Curators at Work V

May 2 – August 30, 2015 This exhibition is the culmination of the Curating, Collecting and Connoisseurship seminar taught under the tutelage of Dr. John T. Spike.  Fifth in the series, students have the opportunity to step into the role of exhibition curators as they select prints and drawings from the permanent collection.  The Museum serves as a laboratory for experiential undergraduate learning and, for this exhibition, students research and write the text that document the social and political context of individual works.  The exhibition primarily focuses on new acquisitions and covers a broad spectrum of time periods, styles and […]
April 25, 2015

Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance

The Muscarelle Museum of Art, in its first collaboration with the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary is pleased to present Matilda of Canossa and the Origins of the Renaissance.  This is the first monographic exhibition in the United States ever dedicated to Matilda, one of the great leaders and women of the Middle Ages.  Curated by Michèle K. Spike, noted biographer of Matilda of Canossa and adjunct professor of law at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, this exhibition will be on view from February 7 to April 24, 2015. Matilda of Canossa Press Release