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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.

Past Exhibits

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

Echoes from the Past poster

January 24
Exhibit runs from January 24 - March 14  
Unique historical documents gathered from the first 150 years of the College's history from the archives of the Bortz Library
Atkinson Museum, 10-5 PM, weekdays


How European Refugees Lifted 19th Century American Pop Art

19th Century American Pop Art poster

February 5
3 PM in the Atkinson Museum
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.
Atkinson Museum, 10-5 PM, weekdays


Take a Seat: A Brief History of Chairs

Take a Seat posterMarch 27
Exhibit runs March 23 - May 14
Curated by students in the American Domestic Architecture class
Tuesday-Friday 10 AM - 12 PM and 1 - 5 PM in Atkinson Museum

Finding Old College

Drawing of historic college buildings, black and whiteSeptember 26
Lecture: Charles Pearson and Brian Haley: Finding Old College: A Geophysical Search for the Original Hampden Sydney College Buildings 
Sponsored by the History Department, Atkinson Museum, and the Architectural Society of the Fine Arts Department 


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Historical Research

Submit your questions to the Atkinson Museum. Angie Way, Curator will respond.

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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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