About the Collections

The Museum’s permanent collection includes works created from antiquity to the present day by artists from around the world. It includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs, and books), decorative arts, video, and multimedia installations.

The Museum features four floors of galleries.  The permanent collection is installed on the lower level and the second and third floors.  Special exhibitions are shown on the main floor (See On View special exhibition).

Third Floor

Works of art created after 1800 from Africa, America, and Europe are installed in these galleries, organized around the theme of “Tradition and Transformation.” This floor also includes a spaced devoted to “Encounters: Art in Conversation” for small installations focusing on a single work in cross-cultural contexts and drawing cabinets installed with works on paper on a rotating basis.

Second Floor

Works created before 1800 from America, the Ancient World, and Europe are installed on the second floor according the theme of “Sacred and Secular.” The galleries include a drawing cabinet for works on paper and a display space for “Encounters: Art in Conversation.”

The Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs is also located on the second floor. Works on paper are shown in the adjacent Nixon Gallery and in the Cunningham Corridor outside the center’s entrance.

Lower Level

The main gallery on this level presents works created after 1950, including a section for the display of global contemporary art. The Carol T. Christ Gallery for Asian Art, dedicated to the display of works of Asian art from the collection, is located on this floor.  

Works from the Museum’s growing video and new media collection are presented in a dedicated gallery whose entrance is located at the base of the stairs.  The Winslow Teaching Gallery is an additional display space on this level, where works from the collection are installed for academic class use.


Photos: Lynne Graves