University Collections

The University Collections of Art and History (UCAH) at Washington and Lee University advances learning through direct engagement with collections, stimulates appreciation of global cultures, and inspires leadership in the arts and sciences.

- Mission Statement 2010

About UCAH

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

Visit Us

University Collections of Art and History encompasses three buildings on Washington and Lee’s campus. Visitors can enjoy exploring the Reeves Center, Watson Pavilion, 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 UCAH, whether with the Reeves Collection, the Lee Chapel, or the Art Collection.

UCAH Online Database

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

UCAH Online Exhibits

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