The heart of a teaching museum.

An active collecting museum, we are the repository for nearly 14,000 works of art in all media ranging from ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, and Greco-Roman objects, Indian painting, African sculpture, photography, art of the U.S., and international modern and contemporary art.

The collection is central to our teaching mission. Teaching with works from the collection provides a basis for critical thought and creativity and fosters a global perspective that impacts the way we think about and view the world.

Firsthand observation of works of art has helped train generations of Williams students who have gone on to become museum directors, curators, gallerists, and educators.


These mini-sites explore a broad range of art and ideas from our collection.

modern_and_contemporary_chinese_art_moduleModern & Contemporary
Chinese Art

We invite you to explore 27 modern and contemporary Chinese artworks from our collection.


The Gallery of Crossed Destinies

We invited community members to curate a gallery at the museum: explore their projects and consider what you would create.


Public Art at Williams

We invite you to explore publicly sited art works that are part of the Williams experience.

Explore Indian ArtIndian Art

Experience the art of emperors with our collection paintings from India.

Explore Ancient Egyptian ArtAncient Egyptian Art

Search and explore Egyptian artworks from the museum’s ancient art objects.

Explore PrintsPrints

The study of prints is a world unto itself.

Explore Hopper/CrewdsonHopper/Crewdson

Learn how Edward Hopper inspired contemporary artist Gregory Crewdson.

Explore African ArtAfrican Art

Investigate the museum’s commitment to African art.

The ABCDs of Sol LeWittThe ABCDs of Sol LeWitt

Learn more about one of the most influential contemporary artists of the last half-century.