Middlebury College Museum of Art


Current Exhibitions

As part of the College’s protective measures to keep our community healthy during the pandemic, the museum’s physical spaces remain closed to the general public until further notice. Currently (spring 2021), limited in-person appointments are available for Middlebury students and faculty who need to view museum collections in connection with course work. Students and faculty who need to access the museum can learn more about the process on our Student and Faculty Class Visits and Timed Ticketing page. We hope to be able to welcome more students, faculty, and staff for non-course related visits later this spring if Middlebury’s COVID restrictions allow.

We have taken advantage of the COVID closure to rethink substantially the ways in which we contextualize and display objects and to reinstall our permanent collection galleries in a manner that advances more meaningful juxtapositions. When we are at last able to physically reopen to the public—in the fall of 2021, we hope—we look forward to sharing our newly redesigned galleries with you. Until then, you can visit us right here, online, anytime 24/7. Have a look around. There’s a lot to experience.

Ancient Mediterranean and Early European Art

Ongoing, Lower Gallery
On view in this updated and revised installation are recent acquisitions in Egyptian and Mesopotamian art as well as Greek, Roman, and medieval European objects from the Museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include an Egyptian Old Kingdom relief and an early fifteenth-century Italian panel painting.

European and American Art

Ongoing, Cerf Gallery
This installation, which changes regularly, features highlights of the Museum’s collection of Western art from the Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century. Landscapes by American painters Jasper Cropsey and John Frederick Kensett are on view alongside sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European religious and devotional images and American and European sculpture.

Robert F. Reiff Gallery of Asian Art

On view in this gallery is a wide range of East Asian ceramics: Chinese funerary sculpture from the Han (206 B.C.E–220 C.E.) and Tang (618–906) dynasties, celadons and other wares of the Song dynasty (960–1279), and blue-and-white enameled porcelains of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1911). Also included in the installations are Japanese tea ceremony wares and Korean celadons.