Study / Research

UMMA’s collection of nearly 20,000 works of art is available for the teaching and research needs of all higher education instructors and researchers. In addition to guided and self-guided tours of the museum’s galleries and temporary exhibitions, UMMA is equipped with object study classrooms and study cases that allow us to display selected artworks specifically for class or research visits.

Our dedicated staff in the Curatorial Research Center are available to help you determine what facilities best suit your needs and to assist you in making the necessary arrangements. Please contact the Mellon Manager of Academic Outreach & Teaching, David Choberka, or the Mellon Academic Outreach Collections Assistant, for assistance.

University Group Visits

UMMA can help UM instructors organize self-guided tours for their classes or arrange tours guided by our well-trained docent corps, education department staff, or UMMA curators.

When working in the gallery, we can provide you and your students with pencils, clipboards, and stools. For the safety of the artwork, we hope you will use pencils in the gallery and that backpacks and large bags will be checked in lockers or the coatroom.

Please schedule any tour at least 15 business days in advance. This allows us to provide the best experience for all visitors.

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Study Rooms

UMMA’s Paper and Object Study Classrooms allow for the close study of works of art from UMMA’s collection. The vast majority of UMMA’s collection of 20,000 objects not currently on display may be requested for viewing, with some restrictions based on size and availability. The Study Rooms are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The Ernestine and Herbert Ruben Study Center for Works on Paper has space to display approximately 15 two-dimensional works depending on their size, and the Object Study Classroom has capacity for the display of the same number of three-dimensional objects. Groups are limited to 20 people, with some flexibility for slightly larger university classes.

Due to the proximity to original works of art, there is no food or drink allowed in the study rooms, and writing must be done with pencil only.

Please schedule your visits to the object study classrooms and provide your list of selected artworks at least 15 business days in advance. If the list of selections is received later than this point, we will make every effort to pull the requested objects but cannot guarantee that they will all be available.

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Study Cases

University and college instructors may request to have selections from UMMA's collection put on display in the Study Cases for instructional purposes. The Study Cases are suitable for the display of works on paper and small sculptures. They are located on the lower level of the Frankel Family Wing and are accessible daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Depending on the availability of cabinet space at any given time, instructors may request between nine and 15 works.

Please submit your request at least 15 business days in advance.

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Combat of Romans and Dacians (after a relief on the Arch of Constantine, Rome) - Nicolas Beatrizet - 1960/2.41

Combat of Romans and Dacians (after a relief on the Arch of Constantine, Rome)