Link Your Class to the Museums

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.

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Teaching with the Museums does not require art or historical expertise. If you are looking to reinforce skills such as writing or close observation, adding a material culture component to class content, taking a break from the classroom, or all the above, we can help! We are dedicated to creating transformative teaching and learning experiences for students and faculty and can facilitate your class visit or lead discussions with your students in your class, at the Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries, or University Chapel & Galleries.

  • Guided Tour
  • Object Handling Session
  • Writing Assignments: various prompts that build critical thinking skills through observation, interpretation, research (using art as a primary source), creative writing, and exhibition review.

To plan your visit or for further information, contact Elizabeth Spear, Curator of Academic Engagement, at

Please Include
  1. Department and title of course
  2. Number of students
  3. Preferred dates and times for the visit
  4. Copy of syllabus OR answer the following question, what do you want your students to know, experience, or produce by the end of their visit to the Museums?

Classroom space is available for reservation all week (includes SmartTV) in the Elisabeth S. Gottwald Gallery in the Reeves Museum of Ceramics and the Watson Rotunda.  Special arrangements can be made for classes that meet outside of regular hours.

Finding Curricular Connections

Teaching with the Museums' collections supports courses across the University's curriculum.

AFCA 130 Introduction to Africana Studies (Winter 2022)
ARTS 291A Special Topics in Painting: Portraiture and Figuration (Fall 2023)
PHIL 297A-01 Seminar in Ethics and Value Theory: Decadence and Decay (Spring 2022)
POL 380A Immigration Attitudes (Winter 2022)
SOAN 101 Introduction to Anthropology: Investigating Humanity (Fall 2023)