MUSEUM
INFORMATION

University Museums are closed for summer break.

 

Information on fall 2014 exhibitions and programming will be posted by August 1.

 

All University Museums will reopen on September 3.

 

Hours:
Wed-Sun 12:00-5:00 pm
Thur - 12:00-8:00 pm
Closed during University breaks and holidays

Main Phone:
302-831-8037

universitymuseums@udel.edu

 

MECHANICAL HALL GALLERY

30 North College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716

Directions

Parking:
Parking for the Mechanical Hall Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

Phone:
302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-8088 (Museum)

 

MINERALOGICAL MUSEUM

255 Academy St.
Newark, DE 19716

Directions

Parking:
Parking for the Mineralogical Museum is in Perkins Garage located on Academy Street.

Phone:
302-831-6557 (Curator)
302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-4940 (Museum)

 

OLD COLLEGE GALLERY

18 East Main St.
Newark, DE 19716

Directions

Parking:
Parking for the Old College Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.

Phone:
302-831-8037 (Information)
302-831-6589 (Museum)

 

 

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COLLECTIONS


Thirty years after its founding in 1979 as the "University Gallery" -- part of the museums studies program with a role to support the education of museums studies students -- the University Museums of the University of Delaware plays a very different role.  Still committed to the educational mission of the University, the Museums' staff is also the primary caretaker for all art collections on campus, and these have grown significantly during the past three decades: from 2,155 objects in 1979 to over 10,000 in 2009.

The University Museums of the University of Delaware has responsibility for three art collections that have grown since the first loan of a painting to the University in 1918.  They include a general art history survey collection, established in 1980 with the consolidation of art collections from the Library and the College of Arts and Sciences; a collection of African American art, founded in 2001 with a gift of more than 400 works made by the Atlanta collector Paul R. Jones; and a collection of paintings transferred from Archives to the University Museums in 2007.   In fall 2010, highlights from the combined collection were installed in the Old College Gallery.  ( An adjacent gallery provides space for changing exhibitions, featuring works by guest artists or loan exhibition from other institutions; exhibitions highlighting specific aspects of the collection, such as Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera (spring 2010) are also offered.)

In addition to its art collections, the University Museums encompasses the University’s nationally renowned mineralogical collection that originated with a 1963 gift of the collection of Irénée DuPont, and has grown through the donations of benefactors and friends.  In 2009, the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall reopened with cases the incorporate fiber optic lighting to showcase the natural beauty of these specimens.  The display is arranged by region or to explore specific mineralogical themes, such as gems and carving.  Changing installations present recent acquisitions and private collections.

The five year Strategic plan for the University Museums (October 2008) and the Collections Management policy outline a process to review, classify and consolidate these art collections that is now underway. The improved care and preservation of objects that will result from this project is central to the second of five goals stated in the Strategic plan: "Through active stewardship, enhance the reputation of the University as a collecting institution."

The staff of the University Museums works to make the collections accessible through exhibitions, displays for classes in study rooms in both Old College and Mechanical hall, and appointment for study by individuals. The collections of the University Museums grow through the generous gifts of quality art and mineralogical specimens. Those interested in making a donation should contact the Director, Dr. Janis Tomlinson: jat@udel.edu.

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