Our Museum

Founded in 1868, the Hampton University Museum is the nation's oldest African American museum. With galleries dedicated to African American, African, American Indian and Asian and Pacific art and artifacts, the museum contains more than 9,000 objects representing cultures and people from around the world. Within its fine arts collection is the largest existing collection of works in any museum by the artists John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Samella Lewis.

John Biggers mural 'Tree House' located in the Harvey Library.

John Biggers mural 'Tree House' located in the Harvey Library.

John Biggers mural 'House of the Turtle' located in the Harvey Library.

John Biggers mural 'House of the Turtle' located in the Harvey Library.

Located in the newly restored Huntington Building (the former library) on the grounds of historic Hampton University campus, The Hampton University Museum brings its remarkable collection to the public through an array of educational initiatives including permanent and changing exhibitions, the Children's Curiosity Room, the Center for African American History and Life, publications, lectures, symposia, art workshops, school partnerships and the quarterly publication the International Review of African American Art. The Museum's membership and community programs offers Museum supporters an assortment of lectures, workshops and group travel opportunities. The Museum also has an active group of volunteers, including The Biggers' Circle, student support group.

The Museum also offers a wide assortment of hand-made crafts and other items relating to the collection through its Museum Shop. Proceeds from the Museum Shop sales support the educational mission of the Museum.

A map, hours of operation and contact information are available on our contact page.