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.

Just like any campus, walking is the best way to see all of our sites. Visitors may park in the Lee Chapel visitor lot located at 100 N. Jefferson Street and walk to our sites. A campus map is available online for walking directions. The visitor lot is located at number 53, the Memorial Gate. Lee Chapel is located at number 66, the Reeves Center at number 69, and Watson Pavilion at number 88. Other exhibits and works of art can be found at numbers: 47, 49, 82, 86, and 89.

If you are traveling by motor coach, there is no available parking in the Lee Chapel Visitor Lot. Riders may be discharged on Jefferson St. in front of the entrance and handicapped individuals may be let off at the top of Letcher Avenue, but in both cases, the bus will need to park elsewhere. Please contact the Lexington Visitor Center for suggested bus parking.

Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion

Group Visits

The Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion are open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitors to view the galleries. All galleries are self-guided. Due to the role both buildings play within the University, we strongly suggest you schedule a group visit. Operation hours are subject to last minute changes.

Please arrange for group reservations at week in advance by completing our Group Reservation Form. For questions concerning your visit, please contact Museum Program Coordinator Cassie Ivey at civey@wlu.edu.

Class Visits

Art history, history, economics, German, chemistry, and even accounting have used the Reeves Collection for classes. We are happy to tailor a handling session, lecture or tour for your class. Please contact Cassie Ivey, museum program coordinator, at civey@wlu.edu for more information. Due to scheduling, inquiries should be made at least two weeks in advance of desired visit.

Senshin'an - Japanese Tea Room

The Watson Pavilion contains Washington and Lee University's Japanese Tea Room, named Senshin'an 洗心庵 "Clearing-the-Mind Abode" by Sen Genshitsu, 15th-generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Tradition of Tea. This architectural treasure serves as a classroom laboratory for the study of Chanoyu 茶の湯, or the Way of Tea, and a center for cultural activities relating to the arts of Japan. To learn more about the tea room and how to schedule a tea ceremony demonstration, please visit the website.

Lee Chapel

During summer hours, Lee Chapel and Museum is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During our winter hours, the building closes at 4 p.m. Lee Chapel offers daily tours on a rolling basis. For more information about Lee Chapel and group booking, please visit the Lee Chapel website.

Art Collection

Works from the art collection can be found all around campus. The Gottwald Gallery, located in the Reeves Center, displays paintings by Louise Herreshoff and the Watson Pavilion features changing exhibits. Art can be found in Tucker Hall, the Center for Global Learning, Leyburn Library, Washington Hall, the Kamen Gallery, and Wilson hall. Please view the university campus map for directions