LaSalle University Art Museum
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1221

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This fine museum is housed in a series of period rooms in the lower level of Olney Hall, La Salle's humanities and social science building on the main campus. It is the only university museum in the Philadelphia area to feature a permanent display of paintings, drawings, and sculpture of the Western tradition.

The Museum's collection includes about 350 paintings, 4,400 prints, 360 drawings and watercolors, 50 sculptures, and 750 rare books. The permanent exhibit showcases a variety of works documenting the major styles and themes of Western art since the Middle Ages. Religion, mythology, landscape, still-life, portraiture, and abstract expression are represented in the works of Provost, Van Cleve, Tintoretto, Bourdon, Ruisdael, Tanner, Lawrence, Eakins, Degas, and others.

Temporary Exhibitions are held four to five times per year. These exhibitions draw on the Museum's collection of prints and drawings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and frequently include works on loan from other museums. Portraiture, Japanese Prints, and Indian Miniatures are among the special themes that have been developed for these changing shows. Another is the Susan Dunleavy Collection of illustrated and finely printed Bibles, including important Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish examples.

One of La Salle's goals is to provide a "bridge" for its communities and own students to the larger museums of Philadelphia and beyond. It strives to create an interest in fine art and does so quite well in the intimate setting of its galleries.

Individuals and families may tour the Museum on their own. Groups, including School Groups, may arrange a Guided Tour.

Hours: Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm; open weekend hours by appointment. Call to confirm. Call before visiting during summer and University holidays.
Admission: FREE.
Groups: FREE.
Group Reservations: At least 2 weeks in advance.
Lunch: Nearby restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Call with your needs.
Directions: Olney Ave., west from Rt. 611, to 20th.

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