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The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum, named for its founder and first director, strives to promote an awareness and understanding of the history of Hampden-Sydney College as it relates to its role in the history of Virginia and the United States, while serving to support and enhance the College's mission to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning.

2019 Exhibits

image drawing of Moby Dick the whale The Look of Mortality-Leonard Baskin's Prints from Moby Dick

August 27-October 12, 2019
On loan to the Atkinson Museum from Lynchburg College, the prints of Leonard Baskin are filled with images of the harshness and vulnerability of the whalers as they follow Captain Ahab to his doom. FREE and open to the public


Culinary History of H-SC image collageA Culinary History of Hampden-Sydney College

April 1-June 8, 2019
From Chocolate Punch to Pig-Nuts providing food for students has always been a challenge. Explore the providers and recipes that were mandated to be "any light diet agreeable to the students." FREE and open to the public


Past Exhibits

1918 Influenza epidemic posterVirginia and the 1918 Influenza

October 22- November 30, 2018
Opening Reception, Saturday, October 20, 10 AM - 2 PM
presented in conjunction with the Honors Program at H-SC
FREE and open to the public


Echoes from the Past: Letters, Manuscripts, and Images From the H-SC Archives

January 24 - March 14, 2018
Unique historical documents gathered from the first 150 years of the College's history from the archives of the Bortz Library

How European Refugees Lifted 19th Century American Pop Art

February 5, 2018
The marvelous world of American lithography reached its apex through the wave of Europeans who immigrated after the Revolution of 1848 and brought advances in technique and art to the United States.

Take a Seat: A Brief History of Chairs

March 23 - May 14, 2017
Curated by students in the American Domestic Architecture class

Finding Old College

September 26, 2017
Lecture: Charles Pearson and Brian Haley:  Finding Old College: A Geophysical Search for the Original Hampden Sydney College Buildings 


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Esther Atkinson Museum

Hampden-Sydney College
P.O. Box 745
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

Angela Way, Director-Curator
Phone (434) 223-6134 | Fax (434) 223-6344

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