Museums at WLU

The Museums at Washington and Lee University (Museums at WLU) advance learning through direct engagement with collections, stimulate appreciation of global cultures, and inspire leadership in the arts and sciences.

- Mission Statement 2010

About Museums at WLU

The Museums at Washington and Lee University (Museums at WLU) support the university as an interdisciplinary teaching resource through the preservation, study, interpretation and exhibition of its collections. The Museums at WLU are composed of three areas that are administered collectively by the Director: The Lee Chapel & Museum; the Reeves Collection; and the Art Collection.

Visit Us

The Museums at WLU encompass three buildings on Washington and Lee’s campus. Visitors can enjoy exploring the Reeves Museum of Ceramics, Watson Galleries, and the Lee Chapel and Museum. Find out more information about operating hours, directions and educational opportunities here.

The Reeves Collection

The Reeves Collection contains ceramics made in Asia, Europe, and the Americas between 1500 and the present. These fragile yet durable objects provide a window onto the artistic, social, and economic history of the last five hundred years.

The Lee Chapel and Museum

Imbued with tradition, the Lee Chapel is a gathering place for the University's most important academic events. Concerts, lectures and other University activities take place regularly in the 500-seat auditorium. The upper level houses "Recumbent Lee," a statue by Edward Valentine. A state-of-the-art museum is housed in the lower level and includes Lee's office, an exhibition entitled Educating to Build and Rebuild a Nation, which traces the contributions to education made by George Washington and Robert E. Lee, a changing exhibition, and a museum shop.

Student Opportunities

Washington and Lee students who are interested in learning about museums and their collections have several opportunities to work with the Museums at WLU, whether with the Reeves Collection, the Lee Chapel, or the Art Collection.

Online Database

To view and search items from our collection use our online database. Records may at times be added or removed for editing.

Online Exhibits

To access online exhibits, visit our Omeka site. Staff from the Museums at WLU will continue to add exhibits as they open at our locations. At times exhibits may not be displayed due to editing.

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