SINCE 1999.

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Hours: Wed-Sun - 12:00-5:00 pm
Thur - 12:00-8:00 pm
Closed during University of Delaware breaks and holidays
Admission: Free
Phone: (302) 831-8037
University Museums
University of Delaware
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716

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    University Museums Mission
    University Museums seeks to enhance the educational and scholarly mission of the University of Delaware through the exhibition, online presentation, study, preservation and growth of its unique collections in 20th and 21st century American art (with particular strengths in the Brandywine School, African American art, and photography), minerals and pre-Columbian ceramics. The University Museums enriches cultural life beyond the campus through presentation of the work of recognized artists, and through outreach programs to selected audiences, including K-12 students, educators and historically black colleges and universities.

    Mechanical Hall Gallery
    30 North College Ave.
    Newark, DE 19716
    Parking: Parking for the Mechanical Hall Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.
    Mechanical Hall Gallery
    Following an award winning renovation, Mechanical Hall reopened in 2004 as the home of the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art. This gift to the University by the Atlanta collector Paul R. Jones has served as a point of departure for a growing collection of African American art.

    The African American art collection includes the founding Paul R. Jones gift, a broad range of prints from the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, important photographs by P.H. Polk and representative works by Delaware artist Edward L. Loper, Sr. The gallery in Mechanical Hall offers changing exhibitions of African American Art drawn from the University's collection and elsewhere. Mechanical Hall houses a print room for the use of those studying objects in the collection.

    The Paul R. Jones Initiative fosters educational inquiry, interdisciplinary engagement, and critical thinking with and through African American art at the University of Delaware. Founded in conjunction with the gift of the Paul R. Jones Collection, the Initiative supports a broad range of programming intended to strengthen the collection and its interconnectivity with campus life and community. The Initiative supports faculty and student teaching and research related to the collection and curricular outreach related to American art and culture in dialogue with Africa and its diaspora.

    Built in 1898, Mechanical Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its purpose changed throughout the twentieth century, serving as an engineering building, an athletic training center, a residence for GIs returning to school after World War II, and a ROTC building.

    Mineralogical Museum
    255 Academy Street
    Newark, DE 19716
    Parking: Parking for the Mineralogical Museum is in Perkins Garage located on Academy Street.
    The Mineralogical Museum
    The Mineralogical Museum is housed in Penny Hall, the Geoscience building. Opened in 1971 and renovated in 2009, the Museum displays approximately 350 specimens, including minerals from the remarkable collection of Irne du Pont. The du Pont collection was assembled in the 1920s and was gifted to the University in 1964, providing the foundation for further growth.

    The present collection contains approximately 3000 specimens of minerals, meteorites, gems and carvings and is divided into a display collection and a reference collection. The display collection focuses on fine crystallized minerals; classics from worldwide and American localities, specimens from significant recent discoveries and themes such as crystallography and crystal growth. The reference collection is comprised of specimens that illustrate crystallography, regional and systematic mineralogy and is used by a wide variety of students in geology, engineering, art conservation and education.

    Old College Gallery
    8 East Main Street
    Newark, DE 19716
    Parking: Parking for the Old College Gallery is in Trabant University Center Garage located between Delaware Avenue and Main St.
    The Mineralogical Museum
    Old College Gallery is housed in Old College Hall, a National Historic Register building constructed in 1834, on the north campus of the University of Delaware in Newark. The Gallery encompasses both a main gallery and west gallery, and offers exhibitions of the University Collection, loan exhibitions, and student/faculty-generated exhibitions.

    Indebted to donors who have given works of art to the University of Delaware over the past century, the University Collection reflects a wide range of objects. Strengths include photography from its origins to the present, with emphasis on the early twentieth century photography and the work of Gertrude Ksebier; works of illustrator Howard Pyle and his students; a growing collection of American and Western European prints; Russian Icons of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and Inuit art. In moving forward, we seek to expand our holdings of American and European art, as well as of contemporary art.

    In addition to exhibitions curated by Museums staff, the Old College Gallery provides a venue for exhibitions curated by faculty and students, offering a unique learning experience. An extension of such student-curated exhibitions is regularly on view in the Roselle Center for the Performing Arts.

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