Famous writer and philosopher Thomas Merton once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” For most students, college is more than classes and books; it is a time of broadening perspective, self-discovery, and personal growth. Many colleges and universities contain the hidden gem of the university art museum. Filled with historical treasures, glorious and inspiring works of art, and ample opportunity for student engagement, these oases provide beauty for the eyes and inspiration for the soul.
As we scoured the nation for the 35 best college art museums, the list was created based on the following criteria:
- A permanent collection spanning multiple historical and cultural periods
- Size of collection
- Unique opportunities for university students
- Significant community involvement