Learn with the Museums

The Museums at W&L holds exhibitions, permanent galleries, lectures, classes, and events throughout the year. These events, along with the collections, provide ample opportunities to integrate museum learning into academic life.

University Students

Washington and Lee students who are interested in learning about and engaging with the museums have several opportunities to work with us, participate in events, and stay connected.

University Faculty

Washington and Lee faculty use museum collections to enhance class curricula. Museum staff can arrange handling sessions, lectures, or a tour for classes.

K12 and Community

Looking to expand classroom learning or wish to engage your children in art and history? The Museums at W&L offers tours, community programs and events, professional development, and digital resources.

Open Hours
  • Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Museums at W&L Celebrate International Slow Art Day

W&L will celebrate the global event on April 13 in the McCarthy Gallery.

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Rachel Du of Bonhams Auction House to Deliver Lecture on the Chinese Art Market

The art specialist’s talk will be held on March 25 at 5:30 p.m.

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Museums at W&L: Winter 2024 Programs and Exhibitions

The Museums at W&L invite the public to explore its exhibitions and collections with select programming through May.

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Students talk through the curatorial process with Patricia Hobbs.

W&L Students Curate Fall Art Exhibition

“Mohammad Omer Khalil: Musings,” co-curated by four Washington and Lee students as part of a seminar course in museum studies, will be on display in the Watson Galleries Sept. 28, 2023 through June 1, 2024.

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Museums at W&L: Fall 2023 Programs and Exhibitions

The Museums at W&L invite the public to their opening reception for “Musings” on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

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Stephanie Shih, artist-in-residence 2023

Collection Connections

Washington and Lee’s Museum Artist-in-Residence Program welcomed photographer Stephanie Shih to campus in May to create new work based on the Museums’ art collection.

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Stephanie Shih, Ugly Duckling

New Exhibition Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

“OPEN FLOWERS BEAR FRUIT” opens May 1 in the McCarthy Gallery in Holekamp Hall.

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The Museums at W&L Celebrate International ‘Slow Art Day’

W&L will celebrate the global event on April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Reeves Museum of Ceramics.

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THOWRA I, 2011, Photograph, Sama Alshaibi

New Exhibition Celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

“We Love Life Whenever We Can” will be on display at W&L’s Leyburn Library April 1 through Dec. 8, 2023.

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Visitors mingle during Born of Fire opening reception

Lighting a Fire

The Museums at W&L invites visitors to reflect on “Born of Fire: Contemporary Japanese Women Ceramic Artists,” on display through April 29.

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Kathleen Wall at Mother Clay opening reception

Museums at W&L Expands Its Collection

W&L’s most recent museum exhibition, “Mother Clay: The Pottery of Three Pueblo Women,” brought new artists into the university’s collection and connected the campus community in unexpected ways. 

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W&L Celebrates Women’s History Month

The campus community will recognize women’s achievements with various events throughout the month of March.

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Our Mission

The Museums at W&L advance learning through direct engagement with the collections and facilitate an interdisciplinary appreciation of art, history, and culture.