The Museum of Art and Archaeology contains objects from a wide range of cultures. The collection of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art works and artifacts is especially strong, and there are significant holdings from ancient Egypt and Byzantium. In addition, the Museum has important collections in European and American art from the fifteenth century to the present, including a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of European paintings. Asian, African, Ancient Americas, and Oceanic cultures are also well represented.
Our museum features works from diverse aesthetic and cultural origins encompassing over 6,000 years of human history on six continents. Our growing collection of more than 15,000 objects represents a wide range of materials used in the creation of art. We present our collections in exhibitions and programming as well as serve as a hub for research and exploration of art. For objects where rights are held by the Museum or not currently defended by the artist or estate (i.e., no rights claim advance or claims have expired, the Museum of Art and Archaeology will allow download at any applicable resolution based on a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-NC license. So, start exploring!
The following sections highlight a fraction of the Museum’s holdings and we hope they give you a taste for what you will see in person.
Galleries CLOSED due to current community health concerns
"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association