• Students studying works in the Nissley Gallery as part of Professor Barlett's Psychology of Happiness class visit.
  • Students studying objects they are researching at the museum as part of Object Lessons taught by Professor Linda Aleci.
  • Class discussion in the Nissley Gallery as part of Professor Natalie D. Barlett's Psychology of Happiness class visit.
  • Assistant Director and Collections Manager Lindsay Marino leading discussion with Professor Bridget L. Guarasci's General Anthropology class.
  • Student closely examining a clock from the museum's permanent collection as part of the course CNX 258, Object Lessons, taught by Professor Linda Aleci.
  • Students working with museum permanent collection as part of Professor Scott Smith's ANT253, Andean Archaeology.
  • An image of visitors activating Sonya Clark's Finding Freedom with black lights at the opening reception of the exhibition.
  • Visitor pointing to site-specific installation Hostile Terrain 94 during the opening reception for Hostile Terrain.

A Catalyst for Curricular Innovation

The museum partners with academic departments to offer tours, object-based learning workshops, and research opportunities that draw from its permanent collection, changing exhibitions, and visiting artists. Previous class visits have included a variety of disciplines not limited to American Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Classics, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics. The Phillips believes that art and material culture can enrich the experiences of all the different departments found on campus.

A Chance to Explore the Museum Profession

Through internships and work study, students can explore what it means to be a museum professional and gain valuable hands-on experience. Approximately twenty F&M student employees are part of the Phillips team and act as museum attendants and aides. The museum also offers select internships to students from local colleges and is exploring the possibilities of beginning a new internship for credit program that would give F&M students a more in-depth experience.

A Learning Community

The Phillips Museum is a bridge to informal learning that spans both the campus and the wider community by offering exhibitions that explore and illuminate our common experience through images and objects. Recent programs include a paint night, story slam, bookmaking workshop, terrarium workshop, series of mini lunch hour tours, and artists talks. Admission and the majority of these programs are free and open to all. We hope that you will visit us soon!


Faculty from across the curriculum extend the walls of their classroom, using the museum as a place for experiential learning.  Faculty from American Studies,  Art History, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Dance, English Literature, Film and Media Studies, German Studies, and Studio Art teach from the museum's collection and exhibitions....

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The museum and its collections serve as a laboratory for students from across the curriculum to engage in original undergraduate research culminating in research papers, exhibitions, digital projects and public lectures.   The museum staff works closely with students and their academic advisors to develop independent studies and internships for...

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