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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

A Valuable Service: The Practical Application of Photography at Drexel

April 28, 2022

Rincliffe Gallery

The upcoming photography exhibition at the Rincliffe Gallery will explore photography’s role within Drexel University and its collections. Curated by Mary Elizabeth Kulesa, photography & art history ’22. Exhibition Design by Julia Thompson, graphic design ’22.


A New Kind of House

March 11, 2022 - March 2023

Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery

Partnering with The Drexel 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 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: Slave in Revolt
Artist: Karl Broodhagen (1909-2002)
Creation Date: c. 1970
Origin: Barbados, Caribbean
Medium: Bronze

This bronze statue, created by Barbadian artist Karl Broodhagen, depicts historical figure Bussa, who led the largest slave revolt in Barbados’ history in April 1834. Bussa led a rebellion of over five thousand people, four hundred of which actively participated in battle, which he would unfortunately not survive. However, he is still heralded as a deeply influential figure in the abolition of slavery in Barbados in 1834.

This month, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, when we made an official claim to land that was not ours to take. Since then, America has built itself on the graves of Indigenous peoples and the backs of African slaves. This Fourth of July, as fireworks glitter over the art museum and shine down on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, may we not only remember the beginning of a revolution, but those in this country still fighting for the liberties it promised.

Guest curator: Bella Bach, art history '24

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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 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: Pending

Tues. - Sat.: 11am - 4pm

Visitor Pass required.

Closed on Sundays and major holidays.

Galleries are free and open to the public.

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