The Sweet Briar Museum
Located in the lower level of Boxwood Alumnae House (formerly The Boxwood Inn), the Sweet Briar Museum exhibits decorative arts, furniture, clothing and other artifacts that belonged to the College's founding family and memorabilia relating to the College's 112-year history.
The museum is open for visitors during the academic year (September-April) from 1 to 4 p.m Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and for programs and special events as announced. It is also open for Families Weekend/Homecoming and for Alumnae Reunion, but closed for all College holidays and breaks. Tours are available by appointment. To make an appointment, please call (434) 381-6248. Admission is free. Visitor parking is available next to the museum entrance, across from the Development Office.
Access to publications relating to the history of the Fletcher and Williams families and the history of the College can be found at archive.org/details/sweetbriarcollege, courtesy of Sweet Briar's Cochran Library.
On March 7, 2012, staff and student assistants opened a new, year-long exhibition in the Whitley Gallery, Tusculum: The History of a House. This installation is the outcome of an Arts Management practicum undertaken in the autumn by Ann Roach '13, during which she studied the house and artifacts associated with it. Originally located a few miles north of Amherst, Tusculum was the family home of the mother of Sweet Briar's founder and the College's Tusculum Institute presently cares for the disassembled historic dwelling. Ms. Roach's project benefitted from the input of fellow Arts Management student Madeline Hodges '13, who was documenting restoration of the house's timbers and other architectural elements as an Arts Management practicum; Tusculum director Dr. Lynn Rainville; restoration specialists with Lynchburg's Lone Jack Contracting; archaeology lab director Keith Adams; and lab assistant Vera Schooler '12. For the exhibition checklist, please click here. Tusculum: The History of a House will be on view through March 1, 2013.
On March 29, 2012, the staff opened Everyday History in Benedict Gallery, featuring a selection of objects and documents that illuminate student life and the campus environment. The exhibition has now closed, but please click here to read the exhibition checklist.
On May 11, 2012, the staff opened a comprehensively redisigned introductory gallery with an installation titled "Perhaps hereafter it will delight you to remember this:" A Brief Introduction to the History of Sweet Briar College. It will be on view throughout the coming academic year. For an exhibition checklist, please click here.
On March 21, 2013 the staff opened a new year-long exhibition in Whitley Gallery, titled "I have lately bought me a Plantation...": A Brief Survey of Farming and Land Use at Sweet Briar.