America’s College Museums: Handbook & Directory (2nd ed) by Victor J. Danilov

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S. Dietz Museum of Geology, Arizona State University, 1977; Weiss Earth Science Museum, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, 2002; and Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Texas Christian University, 2003. Botanical gardens, arboretums, herbariums, and museums were among the earliest academic collections and related facilities at American colleges and universities. Among the early academic botanical facilities were the Pavilion Gardens at the University of Virginia, 1824; Haverford College Arboretum, 1834; University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium, 1849; Museum of Vegetable Products (now Botanical Museum of Harvard University), 1858; W.

Most sculpture gardens are part of art museums, although a few are operated by art galleries or independently. Sculpture collections also can be part of other types of museums. Among the varied indoor sculpture collections at art and other museums are works ranging from Romanesque stone pieces to twentieth-century sculpture at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Assyrian, South Asian, and Italian sculpture at the Williams College Museum of Art; medieval to modern sculpture at the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont; 275 pieces of Romanesque and Gothic sculpture at the Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art; twentieth-century works at the Indiana University Art Museum; Egyptian pre-dynastic to Roman wood and stone sculpture at the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia; 300 American sculptures at the Museum of American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; sculpture of Ivan Meštrovicc at the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame; and early Modernist, African, and other sculptures at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Some art museums began as art galleries or collections of art used in instructional programs, including the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; 34 AMERICA’S COLLEGE MUSEUMS Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami; and Frances Lehhman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. A number of art museums still use “gallery” in their names, such as the Grey Art Gallery at New York University; Yale University Art Gallery; Tufts University Art Gallery; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington; Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, and Trout Gallery, Dickinson College.

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