In the summer of 2019 four units at William & Mary devoted to cultural heritage were reorganized to report to Vice Provost Ann Marie Stock. By bringing these units together, William & Mary is creating new synergies and collaborative opportunities to integrate the university's exceptional cultural resources into its teaching and learning mission.
Muscarelle Museum of Art
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is a culturally-rich art institution, serving as a dynamic resource for our community, a working laboratory for the university, and a platform for visiting exhibitions and the Museum’s own collection. The Muscarelle explores the visual arts in the broadest sense, and each year delivers a robust calendar of diverse exhibitions and programs. The collection includes 6,000 works, with a primary focus on American art. The Muscarelle is a vital part of the academic enterprise of the university. Each year, students across a broad cross-section of academic departments come to the Museum and take advantage of the historic campus to study works of art and explore topics in the history of the arts and cultures of the U.S. and the broader world.
Included under the Muscarelle Museum’s purview is William & Mary's Historic Campus, a National Historic Landmark. The Wren Building, Brafferton, President’s House, and surrounding grounds constitute the most intact colonial campus in the US, and the buildings are enhanced by the President’s House Collection of furnishings and the Wren Building’s colonial revival furnishings and historic portraits. About 40 volunteer and paid student staff give tours of the Wren Building and provide interpretation of the Historic Campus. Historic Campus oversees the maintenance of the buildings and collections in compliance with historic preservation guidelines and the documentation of campus history through structure, archaeology, and conservation reports, photographs and drawings, and other records.
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
The Omohundro Institute is a research organization focused on the history and cultures of North America from circa 1450 to 1820 and includes related developments in Africa, the British Isles, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. An advanced research institute for early American studies, the OI builds intellectual infrastructure for the public good. As full service scholarly research platform sponsored by William & Mary, the OI supports research through fellowships, hosts workshops, conferences and public events, and publishes in multiple digital and print formats. The OI publishes the field leading journal, The William and Mary Quarterly, one of the oldest and most respected journals in any field of historical research.
James Monroe's Highland
Located in Charlottesville, Highland was the home of fifth President of the United States and William & Mary alumnus James Monroe. Through public tours and events, Highland provides insight into U.S. history through the prism of one of its earliest leaders and the people who lived and worked at his home. The innovative work being done to engage descendants of the enslaved has garnered recognition and media attention.