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.

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.

Victor Brauner (Romanian, 1903–1966) Self-Portrait 1923 Oil on paper (84.8) Gift of Saul and Gladys Weinberg
Director's Favorites from the Vault
One of the casts
Cast Gallery
Bronze Gui Food Vessel from China, Early Western Zhou Dynasty
Asian Collection
A piece of work from our African collection
African Collection
One of our Oceanic pieces
Oceanic Collection
A fragment of art from the Ancient Americas Collection
Ancient Americas Collection
a piece from our Contemporary collection
Contemporary Collection
Thomas Hart Benton
European/American Collection
Gold Medallion with Imitation Solidus in Center
Byzantine/Medieval Collection
Silver Tetradrachm of Lysimachos
Ancient Coins Collection
A Nautilus cup, peeled lemon, and a meat pie with a roemer and other wine glasses on a partially draped table
Recent Acquisitions
Portrait Bust of the Emperor Hadrian as Diomedes
Antiquities Collection

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"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