Introduction to The Phillips Museum of Art

A Catalyst for Curricular Innovation

The museum partners with academic departments to offer exhibition and collections based courses such as the curatorial seminar and “Museum Mysteries.”  Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, the museum has hosted visiting scholars and artists who offer courses that draw on the museum’s collections and resources. 

A Center for Student and Faculty Research

The museum collection has become a robust site of course-based and independent student research in a range of disciplines, including Art History, Africana Studies, American Studies, History, Classics, Anthropology, Women’s Studies.  Students use the exhibition venues to showcase their research. Faculty use the museum’s galleries to disseminate their own work to the campus and community.

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.


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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