With a primary initiative of expanding its educational role across the curriculum, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum provides numerous opportunities for research for both individuals and student groups. The Museum invites faculty to utilize objects from its collection as visual components to their lessons, supplementing coursework from all disciplines with the analysis of culturally, historically and aesthetically significant artworks. The breadth and depth of the Museum’s collections also fosters independent scholarly study and investigation; Mount Holyoke College students as well as visiting academics and professionals may arrange for private viewings of any object in the collection. The Museum archives are also a resource available to researchers by appointment. Please contact the curatorial staff to arrange a visit to consult Museum records.

As a dynamic learning environment for students of all ages, the Museum promotes the use of object-based learning as a means by which students can develop and refine their skills in critical thinking, investigation and communication. Interested educators should visit the For Teachers section to learn more about the Museum’s program offerings for elementary and high school students.

The Carson Teaching Gallery is also available to educators interested in offering an individual lecture or lecture series focused on a select group of related objects. Accommodating groups of 20-25 individuals, the gallery is equipped with multi-media technology, as well as exhibition cases and display space for both two and three-dimensional objects. The Museum is pleased to offer this private space to Mount Holyoke College faculty and visiting institutions as a venue in which to closely study and reflect upon a body of work or select objects from its extensive collection. For additional information and availability, please contact the Weatherbie Curator of Academic Programs at 413.538.3249. Students wishing to visit the Carson Teaching Gallery outside of class time are encouraged to call the Museum to ensure that the gallery is not otherwise occupied. 

Using the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum for Research

Museum Hours

If the works of art in which you are interested are on view in the Museum’s galleries, stop by during open hours:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Monday: Closed

If your professor has requested that objects be placed on view in the Carson Teaching Gallery, please call the Museum at 538-2245 to be sure the Carson Gallery is not occupied with a class or meeting during the time you plan to visit. 

Making appointments to see objects in storage

If the object is not currently on view, contact a staff member two days in advance to set up an appointment. 

Jackie Finnegan  (Preparator)           Linda Best  (Collections Manager)
413.538.2416                                 413.538.2492

Not sure what you want to see?

You can search the Five College Museum’s database of over 15,000 works of art:

Note the object numbers of the works you would like to see and contact one of the staff above to make an appointment.

TIP: The database includes works of art from all of the Five College museums and Historic Deerfield—about 90,000 objects and counting.  If you want to limit your search to objects in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum only, type “MH” into the object number field.