Museums

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

Museums at Washington and Lee University

The Museums at W&L consist of the University Chapel & Galleries, the Reeves Museum of Ceramics, and Watson Galleries. Works from the ceramics, art and history collections are also on view in several campus buildings.

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.

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.
  • The Reeves Museum of Ceramics and Watson Galleries are temporarily closed for installations and will reopen August 28, 2024 and October 2, 2024, respectively.

View Museum Hours and Admissions

Plan Your Visit

Visit the Museums

Visit on your own or with a group, reserve a space for an event, or find out how you can help support our mission.

University, K12, and Community

Learn with the Museums

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

Online Resources

Explore the Collections

The Museums at W&L is committed to making the collections more accessible for viewing and research.

Museum Highlights

Check out the latest programming and announcements from the Museums at W&L!

Stephanie Shih, 2023, Inaugural Artist-in-Residence

Artist-In-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence, an inaugural program at the Museums at Washington and Lee University, is an opportunity for an invited artist to pursue artistic projects that bring new knowledge and fresh perspectives inspired by the Museums' art collection.

Check Out What Some of our Alumni are Doing in the Field

Alumni Highlight - Padget Sutherland '17

Featuring Padget Sutherland, an Art History and Classics double major, now working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Development Officer for the Director's Office.

"Inscapes" Pairings by WLU Students

Listen and Reflect at Watson Galleries

"I felt drawn to this piece because the blooming yellow centrality reminded me of a garden bursting forth with life. The splatters of yellows on green and purple feel explosive and full of energy, but the surrounding muted blues and greens balance out this feeling into something slower, more dignified. This harmony led me to choose a song that feels the same, hopeful and swelling with life that moves along a measured, growing path.”

Check Out What Some of our Alumni are Doing in the Field

Alumni Highlight

Featuring India Dial, an Art History major and Museum Studies minor, now working for Christie’s Auction House in New York City as a Junior Specialist in the Decorative Arts Department, specializing in Ceramics and Asian Works of Art.

Museums at W&L in the News

News from the collections, exhibits, galleries, and more

The Museums at W&L Present ‘Stephanie Shih: LONG TIME NO SEE (好久不見)’

The solo exhibition, on view starting Aug. 28, mines the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export to explore diaspora and identity through ceramics.

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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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