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Other Collections Around Campus

Atwater Kent Collection

Drexel University is stewarding the collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, which closed in 2018. Visit the Atwater Kent Collection virtually.


Current Exhibitions

New Additions

June 15, 2023 - April 30, 2024

Rincliffe Gallery

Since 2021 we have had over 140 new acquisitions including photography, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and furniture. This exhibition displays some of those new pieces in the collection as well as how and why they became part of The Drexel Collection. Curated by Mary Kulesa, museum leadership '24, Priya Vaswani, photography and art history '24, and Kasia Bunofsky, art history and entertainment and arts management '24.

Electrified: Reunion Tour

February 19 - July 26, 2024

Peck Gallery

Electrified Reunion Tour highlights Drexel’s collection materials and faculty connections with the history of the Electric Factory and music in Philadelphia as well as demonstrating the connection between collections and exhibitions with curriculum at Drexel.

Curator Pick of the Month

Portrait of woman in oval frame

Title: Portrait of Ellen Rozet Drexel (1832-1891)
Artist: Unidentified
Creation Date: c. 1850
Origin: United States
Medium: Oil on canvas

Ellen Rozet Drexel, the daughter of the successful merchant, John Rosét, and Mary Ann Laning, married Anthony J. Drexel in 1850. Ellen was highly influential in the founding of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry and the inclusion of women’s education from the beginning. Along with A.J’s good friend, George W. Childs, Ellen counseled A.J. on establishing a technical school for men and women that engaged the students in arts and literature, creating a well-rounded education.

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New and Conserved Pieces

Celadon Dish
Our most recent gift is this ancient Chinese, green glazed stoneware dish carved with a lotus bud and leaf design, known as Yaozhou ware, from the Jin dynasty, 12th century, donated by Brian M. Salzberg, PhD. in 2021

Portrait of Ralph Kelly
Conserved last summer by Carole Abercauph, this portrait of Drexel benefactor Ralph Kelly has been returned to its home in Kelly Hall.

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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 Founding 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.


AJ Drexel Picture Gallery: 

Mon. - Fri.: 3:30pm - 5pm

Tours by appointment.

Rincliffe Gallery:

Mon. - Fri.: 10am - 5pm

Peck Gallery: 

Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Or by appointment.

Closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Galleries are free and open to the public.

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