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About Us

TAKE THE VIRTUAL TOUR

The Hampton University Museum virtual tour allows visitors to take a self-guided tour of the permanent and changing exhibitions. Visitors can also experience other prominent areas on the Hampton University campus, such as Legacy Park, the Memorial Chapel, and Emancipation Oak.

THE BEGINNING

Founded in 1868, the Hampton University Museum is the nation’s oldest African American museum and one of the oldest museums in Virginia. With galleries dedicated to African American, African, Native American, 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.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM

WHERE WE ARE TODAY

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 and teacher training workshops, school partnerships and the quarterly publication of the International Review of African American Art. The Museum’s membership and community programs offer Museum supporters an assortment of lectures, workshops and children’s programming, like Tree House. The Museum also has an active group of volunteers (HUMVs) and The Biggers’ Circle, a student support group.

Curiosity Room Volunteers
Curiosity Room Activities
Curiosity Room Activities
The Bigger's Circle
The Bigger's Circle
Director's Tea
Tree House Camp Crafts
Volunteers at the Museum
Bigger's Circle
New Power Generation
Annual Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace
Annual Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace
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OUR SHOP

The Laurel Tucker Duplessis Gift Shop is named for the artist, and former Curator at the Hampton University Museum. The development of a Gift Shop, at the Museum, was Mrs. Duplessis idea and the topic of her Hampton University Museum’s thesis for her Master of Arts in Museum Studies. The endowment to rename the Gift Shop was established by the Tucker and Duplessis Family and Friends and was unveiled April 27, 2017. The Gift Shop offers a wide assortment of hand-made crafts, jewelry, soaps, and copies of the International Review of African American Art, notecards, posters and wine. Proceeds from the Laurel Tucker Duplessis Gift Shop sales support the educational mission of the Museum.

 

Added bonus: Museum members enjoy a 10% discount on Gift Shop purchases.

 

Open Mon – Fri, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat, 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

OUR STAFF

Vanessa D. Thaxton-Ward
Director
757-727-5508
vanessa.thaxton-ward@hamptonu.edu

Vanessa Thaxton-Ward

Crystal Johnson
Associate Curator & Director of Membership (and) Community Programs
757-727-5980
crystalc.johnson@hamptonu.edu

Deanna Brooks
Assistant Editor, International Review of African-American Art
757-727-5313
deanna.brooks@hamptonu.edu

Donzella D. Maupin
Archives Manager
757-727-5062
donzella.maupin@hamptonu.edu

Perrin Williams
Visitor Services
757-727-5164
perrin.williams@hamptonu.edu

Andreese A. Scott
Secretary, University Archives
757-727-5374
andreese.scott@hamptonu.edu

Kenlontae Turner
Curator of Collections
757-727-5142
kenlontae.turner@hamptonu.edu

Charles R. Allen
Archives Assistant
757-727-5374
charles.allen@hamptonu.edu

Amanda Wells
Collections Data Manager
Funded provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
amanda.wells@hamptonu.
757-727-5025

Tashae Smith

Tashae Smith
Curatorial Fellow
Funded provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundatiion
757-728-4920
tashae.smith@hamptonu.edu

Elizabeth Robson
Conservation Fellow
Funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
elizabeth.robinson@hamptonu.edu
757-728-4920

Elizabeth Robson