Things to See at Smith
Museum of Art
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important art collections at an American liberal arts college, the Smith College Museum of Art holds nearly 25,000 works of art, with particular strength in 19th- and early 20th-century art. From its establishment in 1879 as a contemporary American collection, Smith's holdings have served as an important teaching tool as well as a significant public and scholarly resource.
Smith's official bookstore, which carries textbooks, office supplies, notions and snacks, located in the lower level of the Campus Center.
Botanic Garden and Lyman Conservatory
The Botanic Garden encompasses the college's 147-acre campus, including a variety of specialty gardens and the Lyman Conservatory, the 12,000 square-foot glass plant house. In its entirety, the botanic garden contains more than 5,000 labeled and mapped plant taxa. It is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the country and one of the few college botanic gardens with a history of continuous operation.
A special, small, formal garden remote from the main campus, located behind Capen House. The garden is planted with a mix of perennials and annuals, and includes a rose garden and an herb garden. It is a favorite quiet spot.
Neilson Library and Rare Book Room
Neilson Library is the main library, with strong collections in the humanities and social sciences. It is also home to the College Archives, the Mortimer Rare Book Room, and the Sophia Smith Collection. The first floor of Neilson contains the Information Commons.
Sophia Smith Collection
The Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College is an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history. It was founded in 1942 as the library's distinctive contribution to the college's mission of educating women.
The Campus Center provides students, faculty, and staff an environment for social and intellectual interaction. It is also the home of the LEAP Student Leadership Program, which along with a student employment program, provides and supports opportunities for learning and leadership through co-curricular involvement, volunteer opportunities and real-life work experience.
Paradise Pond and Boat House
Paradise Pond is one of the most beautiful features of the Smith campus. The Boat House sits on the banks of the pond, and serves as both a classroom and outdoor center where students can check out canoes, kayaks, rowboats and shells. The dock is a favorite place to sit and appreciate the quiet beauty of the natural setting.