William & Mary's Muscarelle Museum of Art is a thriving museum and research center for the campus. The arts play an integral role in the cognitive life of the university and cultural landscape of the community. More and more, humanistic scholarship recognizes that knowledge is generated through language and imaging alike. The museum is an integrated part of studies on the campus across all disciplines offering first hand research with the authentic object, as well as research and other support through collections and traveling exhibitions.
Exhibitions and programs are designed with this philosophy in mind. The museum as a visual repository akin to the textual repository of the library. Our treasures offer the chance to link aesthetic experience and conceptual intelligence, to explore the interdisciplinary links between visual culture, art-making and scholarship.
The permanent collection is central to the function of the museum as a laboratory for the study of art. The collection, consisting of more than 6,000 works, was acquired through purchases and generous donations from Frederick and Lucy Herman, Doug Morton and Marilyn Brown, Herbert, Roni and David Libertson, Chris Vinyard, Frauken Grohs Collinson, Ralph and Doris Lamberson, and numerous generous others.
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