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Info banner Practical & Cultural, April 14-June 19, 2017 


AJ Drexel Picture Gallery: 

M - F: 3:30pm - 5pm
Tours by appointment.

Rincliff Gallery:

M - F: 8am - 7pm

Peck Gallery:

M - F: 9am - 5pm

  • Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
  • Galleries are free and open to the public.

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Coming Next

"Practical & Cultural": The Drexel Collection as Teaching Tool:

April 14 – June 19, 2017

Rincliffe Gallery

Following the founder's vision of a "practical and cultural education," see how The Drexel Collection has been used by past and current students.

Coming Soon

BADGES and LIFE'S WORK: Photography by Earl Dotter:

June 29 - September 1, 2017

Rincliffe Gallery

Sponsored by the Dornsife School of Public Health, this exhibition focuses on two photography collections by award-winning photojournalist Earl Dotter.

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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Cranberry Glass Perfume Bottle
Artist: Unknown
Creation Date: Late 19th century
Origin: United States
Medium: Glass

The smell of spring is in the air! The collection is celebrating the season with this elegant pink glass perfume bottle. Glass bottles used to contain perfumes and scented oils have been common among the wealthy and elite for the last 3,500 years. Given the time and technique dedicated to making these perfume bottles they are often just as valuable as the fragrances inside of them. Once only for the elite, perfumes are now made more affordable and accessible to the public, leading to the perfume industry being worth over 30 billion U.S. dollars!

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New and Conserved Pieces

Portrait of a Child
Just donated in spring 2016, this portrait of a child by Francis Martin Drexel is a gift to the collection from Frances Drexel Cheston Train.

Portrait of Mr. Hookey
The conservation treatment of this portrait by Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863) was completed in April 2017 and will soon be on display in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery.

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Welcome to the Collection

Drexel University, initially Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, was founded on the belief that education should be both practical and cultural—and that art should be not only beautiful, but educational. On that principle, The Drexel Collection—the University’s flagship collection of art—was founded alongside the University in 1891. Today, the Collection remains a resource for historically and culturally significant works of art as Drexel University pioneers a model for the modern, urban university.