Top 10 Amazing College Museums

A profile of 10 of the best university museums in the country.

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College campuses are ripe with library stacks and unparalleled research facilities, but tucked amid the hustle and bustle of college life, many campuses host their own private collections and museums. From art to film to historical artifacts, these 10 college museums are worth checking out.

From art to film to historical artifacts, these 10 college museums are worth checking out.

1. The University of Mississippi Museum

This museum, established in 1939, serves as a cultural center for the university community and beyond. Its collection includes Southern folk art, Greek and Roman antiquities, 19th-century scientific instruments and American fine art. Part of the museum complex is Rowan Oak, a historic literary legacy that was once the home of Nobel- and Pulitzer-Prize winning author William Faulkner. Rowan Oak has been renovated and open for the public since 2001.

2. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This Ivy League Museum is home to a massive array of archaeology and anthropology artifacts. The museum itself has conducted more than 400 expeditions, and boasts an endowment of $6 billion.

3. Williams College Museum of Art

Located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, this active collecting museum is considered one of the finest college art museums in the country. WCMA houses nearly 13,000 works that span the history of art. WCMA’s signature exhibition style is to place art within a broad cultural and historical context.

4. University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

UC Berkeley’s art museum is one of the largest university museums in the country, home to unique collections of multimedia art, 13,000 art objects and more than 10,000 films and videos. Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Albert Bierstadt and Paul Gauguin are just a few of the names on view, and the enormous film archive lends itself to host 650 public screenings each year.

5. The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin

As the largest university art museum in the country and the third-largest museum in Texas, the Blanton Museum owns more than 17,000 works of art, including works by European artists Rubens and Sebastiano del Piombo, while American and contemporary artists include Joan Mitchell, Rothko and Henry Farny.

6. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

The Block Museum features several exhibitions a year, organizes various lectures, symposia, and workshops with artists and scholars, and screens classic and contemporary films at Block Cinema. Their expanding permanent collection, consisting primarily of works on paper, distinguishes the Block as an important reservoir of original works of art.

7. The Fowler Museum at University of California Los Angeles

The Fowler Museum, established in 1963, explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas, past and present. The Fowler provides exciting and informative exhibitions and events for the UCLA community and the people of greater Los Angeles and beyond.

8. Harvard Museum of Natural History

The Harvard Museum of Natural History includes the Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology and Harvard Mineralogical Museum. The museum’s historical collections, temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries are the most visited attractions at Harvard,

9. Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College

This tributary and historical museum located on the campus of Lincoln College boasts a rare collection of original and hand-written letters from every US president. It is considered a trove of information for historical buffs, and has an impressive, award-winning collection on President Lincoln and the Civil War.

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