Permanent Collection

  • Photograph of a clock and two early portraits by Benjamin West from the Nisslery Gallery Fall 2018.

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.


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Outdoor Sculpture

Franklin & Marshall College has an impressive collection of sculpture located across the campus that you can explore online

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Explore the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary website to learn about Franklin’s life through an interactive timeline, online exhibition, and trivia game. There are also several resources available including educational classroom materials, scholarly articles, and a list of relevant books and websites for further investigation.

To access the Franklin Artifacts Database

  • Go the The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Website
  • Select Franklin Artifacts from the menu
  • Agree to the license 
  • Begin to explore!
  • Nissley gallery 2018 signature photo, by Elliott Erwitt Image Credit: Elliott Erwitt (American, b. 1928), "Legs on a Wall, New York, U.S.A.," 1978, gelatin silver on paper, Gift of Howard L. Ganek P’86, 4589
Online Collection

The entire collection of the Phillips Museum of Art is available online through eHive