The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) seeks to transform individual and civic life by promoting the discovery, contemplation, and enjoyment of the art of our world. Named the best public college art museum in the country, UMMA holds collections of more than 19,000 artworks representing 150 years of art collecting and including the largest Asian collection in the state of Michigan. A dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and interpretative programs connects visitors with the rich artistic legacy of the past and today’s avant-garde.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art’s expansion and renovation, completed in 2009, transformed the museum into a meeting place for the arts at the heart of a great research university. The 53,000 square foot of the new Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing and the reimagined Alumni Memorial Hall, include meeting spaces for campus and community organizations, allowing new programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. With dramatic new spaces—including an open storage gallery, a store, and spaces to relax—the Museum serves more than 200,000 visitors, approximately 30,000 partaking of education programming.
UMMA Docents, celebrating their 40th anniversary 2015/16, tour over 10,000 visitors a year including approximately 5,000 school children.
For community visitors, UMMA offers weekly scheduled public tours; monthly Family Art Making and Storytime in the Galleries; In Conversation with curators, artists and scholars; and partnerships with the Zell Visiting Writers Series, and the School of Music, Theater and Dance.
UMMA received a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Dynamic Humanities Connections. Launching in fall, 2016, this initiative will transform the Museum’s significant onsite achievement for visitors and users around the world.
Whether you are at UMMA for a moment of quiet contemplation, a lively debate about the meaning of art, a performance, class, or event, or just a little down time, we hope you’ll make UMMA a habit.