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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.


Coming Next

Tell Us How You Really Feel! Art as a Tool to Communicate Complex Emotions

December 1, 2022 - June 1, 2023

Rincliffe Gallery

Tell Us How You Really Feel! is an exhibition of student, faculty and alumni artwork examining the aforementioned concepts. Contributing artists are asked to consider the following prompt: "Create a visual representation of a time in your life when you felt emotion that was too hard to put into words." The artist's responses will be presented in the Drexel Founding Collection's Rincliffe Gallery in an effort to show the practical application of empathy through art. Curated by Kasia Bunofsky, art history and entertainment and arts managemner '24, design by Fiona Tran, graphic design '23.


A New Kind of House

March 11, 2022 - May 2023

Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery

Partnering with the Drexel Founding Collection, participants in this winter’s Writers Room TRIPOD program, a unique intergenerational program with Drexel students, local high school students, and older community residents, are creating photographs and writings in response to artwork from the Drexel Founding Collection that will be displayed side-by-side along with a retrospective of the last five years of the TRIPOD program.

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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Terrestrial Globe
Artist: Charles Smith & Sons
Creation Date: c. 1870
Origin: England
Medium: Wood, paper, brass

This terrestrial globe, which details the geographic features of the Earth, is part of a pair of library terrestrial and celestial globes. The globes were donated to the Drexel Founding Collection in 1975 by Philip Syng Physick Fell, a member of the Drexel family. In 2015, the pair was sent to Studio T.K.M. in Massachusetts to be conserved and restored to close to their original appearance. The conservators removed discolored varnish, repaired holes and damage to the mechanical pieces and in-painted areas of loss throughout both globes.

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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: 

Tues. - Sat.: 11am - 4pm

Closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Galleries are free and open to the public.

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