Muscarelle Museum

Inspiring art and cultural opportunity.

The Muscarelle Museum of Art is dedicated to providing students, faculty and the Williamsburg community and beyond with remarkable cultural experiences.

Known for its early American and European portraits and works on paper, the Muscarelle’s treasures span the centuries, and the permanent collection includes more than 3,900 works of art. The Muscarelle is also host to a spectacular variety of traveling shows. Above all, the Muscarelle is a teaching facility, where the academic program is considered when building the collection and planning exhibits. Faculty members are frequent collaborators who give gallery talks or classroom lectures based on the exhibits.

Despite everything the Muscarelle offers, the museum receives little state funding and depends upon private support for all of its programs. Our fundraising priorities are:

Annual Support

Annual support provides unrestricted funds for all of the Muscarelle’s programs.


Exphibitions require the cost of acquiring works on loan from other museums, installing shows, providing honoraria for noted curators, and underwriting catalogs and other publications. Traveling shows also include substantial rental fees and associated costs.


Conservation ensures the health and very existence of the Muscarelle’s collection.


Acquisitions allows us to strategically build the collection by giving the Muscarelle the resources to “seize the moment” when well-priced works become available.

Community and Educational Programs

These programs offer free and low-cost programs to children and adults from the campus community and across the region.


[[swmount,Steve Mount]]
Regional Major Gifts Officer
Muscarelle Museum of Art
(757) 221-1395

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