The purpose of the Phillips Museum of Art is to foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts, from the contemporary to the historical and the multicultural. The collection includes decorative arts, Pennsylvania German material culture, ethnographic material and some historical material. The collections are available for research by students, faculty and outside scholars. A portion of the permanent collection is on exhibition in the museum, as well as various buildings throughout the campus. Objects are also periodically used for temporary exhibitions and are loaned to various museums in the region.