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In March 2009, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) completed a transformative expansion and restoration project that more than doubled its current size. The dramatic expansion of its galleries means that many more works from its outstanding collections (more than 18,000 objects, with particular depth in European, American, Asian, and African art) are on view. This exciting development allows for many innovative uses for teaching and research. The reinstalled galleries deploy new interpretive strategies, offering a variety of voices, viewpoints, and narratives, and fostering connections across disciplines, geographies, and cultures.

The Museum’s Education Center features an auditorium and enhanced programming; open storage offering visual access to additional works of art not on view in traditional gallery spaces; object study classrooms; and a library.

There are a variety of ways to include the Museum in your teaching and research:

  • “Open Storage” Galleries
    Visible or “open” art storage is a vibrant new study tool designed to give visitors visual access to objects that would otherwise bide their time in deep storage, awaiting a future gallery rotation or the focused attention of a scholar. In areas of the Frankel Wing and Alumni Memorial Hall, visitors now may view nearly one thousand objects from the collections presented in secure, well-lit, glass-fronted cabinets—providing an opportunity for close viewing and visual comparison, as well as the thrill of slipping behind the scenes into a private treasure house of art. Areas of special depth include Chinese and Korean ceramics, Indian bronzes, Arts and Crafts ceramics, and glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany. For more information, please contact the Collections and Exhibitions team.

  • Marvin and Phyllis Dolinko Curatorial Research Center (CRC)
    The Dolinko CRC is open to faculty, students, scholars, and the general public. Located on the lower level of the Frankel Wing, the Dolinko CRC contains books, archives, and digital resources relating to the Museum's collections and is open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 pm by appointment. Staff guided search is available to assist faculty and instructors in planning for use of the UMMA paper/objects study classrooms. To make an appointment to access the CRC please use the following link: Submit a Curatorial Research Center Reservation.
  • Object Study Classrooms
    Two specially outfitted object-study classrooms provide university and post-graduate educators, scholars, or classroom groups of up to 20 people with the opportunity to study at close range original works of art from UMMA's outstanding collections Please no food or drink; pencil only. The Ernestine and Herbert Ruben Study Center for Works on Paper and Object Study Classroom are located on the lower level of the Frankel Wing. To make an appointment, please use the following link: Submit an Object / Paper Study Reservation

  • Study Cases
    There are three study cases available for use by instructors at the university level to have specific works of art from UMMA's collections viewable for instructional purposes. The glass-front cabinets are located to the left of the Helmut Stern Auditorium doors on the lower level of the Frankel Wing.
  • Helmut Stern Auditorium
    This state-of-the-art, accoustically superb space seats 185 for performance, dance, film, lectures and symposia on an intimate scale. For more information, please contact Facilities Manager, Bruce Glazier at brucegla@umich.edu.