A dynamic environment of creativity and exploration, MHCAM serves students and faculty across disciplines in addition to its local community. The Museum’s collections, and its subsidiary, the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, comprise over 24,000 objects, representing cultures from all continents and across time.
Founded in 1876, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum houses a rich and eclectic encyclopedic art trove alongside the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum’s material culture collection, comprising more than 24,000 objects, including exemplary Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities; art and artifacts from the indigenous Americas; paintings, sculpture and decorative art from Europe and the United States; photography, prints, ceramics and numismatics; and works by women artists. In recent years, the Museum has made significant acquisitions of global contemporary art, including works by Afruz Amighi, Bisa Butler, Ambreen Butt, Martine Gutierrez, Zanele Muholi, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Lin Tianmiao, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems and others. Set on the stunning campus of a renowned gender-diverse women’s college, the Museum is the perfect stopover on your trip through scenic Western Massachusetts. With innovative and interdisciplinary exhibitions, and dozens of special programs year around including thematic tours led by Mount Holyoke Student Guides, there is something to be discovered no matter when you visit!
Students studying print by artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Photo by Laura Shea.