Student Resources

The Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and program of events and activities can provide some of the most memorable moments in your time at Bates, connecting your coursework and extracurricular interests to a wider and more diverse world.

+Visit an Exhibition

The museum welcomes individuals and small groups to visit its exhibitions without an appointment; please check our exhibitions listing when planning your visit.

+Schedule an Exhibitions Tour

Exhibition tours are not just for curricular connections; you can bring your club, team, floor, or house to visit the museum for a tour! The museum’s educators can be on-hand to lead discussion about the exhibition, or to merely assist with scheduling your visit, at your preference. 

To assist you, the Synergy Fellow for Museum Education will need your name; the number of students expected to attend and, if appropriate, your club or organization; the exhibition/s you would like to explore; and the dates and time of day you are most interest in. Contact the Museum Education Fellow now to begin planning your visit.

+Explore our Collections

Did you know that the collection includes noted 21st century artists, and also works by Marsden Hartley; Cézanne; Dürer; Kollwitz; Picasso; Pre-Columbian, African, and Asian art; and more? Being able to see artworks up close can be a dynamic complement to both your coursework and your extracurricular interests.  The museum’s education staff can be on-hand to lead discussion about the objects in our collection or to merely present them, at your preference. To support teaching and learning at Bates, the Museum of Art’s permanent collection of over 8,000 objects is now available and searchable online. Please keep in mind, the database is not complete; it is an ongoing project.

If you are conducting research and would like to request more information about object records, please contact our Assistant Collections Manager/Registrar, Corie Audette, at caudette@bates.edu.

Click here for more information about features and use of our online database.

To view the Museum’s online collection, please visit museum.bates.edu.

Olin Arts CenterThe museum's educational intern will learn how to maintain art. Will hopefully take place in the big room where the museum's thousands of items are kept
+Schedule a Collections Viewing

To assist you, the Synergy Fellow for Museum Education will need your name; the number of students you plan to attend and, if appropriate, your club or organization; the exhibition/s you would like to explore; and the dates and time of day you are most interest in. Contact the Museum Education Fellow now to begin planning your visit. 

+Propose to Organize an Event

Bates students are the primary audience for the museum’s exhibitions, collections, and events and activities. If you have an idea for an event that you think will connect the museum to the academic, cultural, and social life of the college, please let us know by contacting the Museum Education Fellow or Education Curator.

+Contact the Synergy Fellow for Museum Education
The group of students is about 45 students in 3rd-6th grade who participate in the 21st Century After School Program at Longley, McMahon, Geiger, and Martel elementary schools. 

Jenn Carter, the 21st Century Director for the Lewiston schools reached out to me to plan a couple days of programming over break. 

Tuesday: Played games, basketball, scavenger hunt around campus.
Wednesday: Softball clinic, tour of athletic facilities.
Thursday: Movie, and block printing art activity.

Shana Wallace '15, 21st Century Site Coordinator at McMahon Elementary School
Brenna Callahan '15, AmeriCorps VISTA/Civic Leadership Fellow at Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Abby Abbott '17, Education Fellow at Bates College Museum of Art
Abby Abbott ’17, Education Fellow at Bates College Museum of Art

The museum’s Synergy Fellow for Museum Education can help you learn about what collections, exhibitions, and events might be most relevant to your interests or those of your club or organization. Email or call 207-786-6417 with any questions about using the museum.