The Museum produces six to eight temporary exhibitions each year, in addition to its display of works from the permanent collection.

Galleries Now Open for Everyone

The museum is open to all visitors, no reservations required. In accordance with current Middlebury College guidelines, masks are optional but encouraged.

Temporary exhibits are often curated by Museum staff using works from the collection. Other exhibits are borrowed from other museum collections or from institutions that specialize in traveling shows. Exhibitions are carefully chosen to support both the curriculum of the College and the needs of the Museum’s education programs. See below for current and upcoming exhibits.

Permanent Collection Galleries

This installation of Middlebury’s art collection invites visitors to join a conversation sparked by objects created throughout time and around the globe. Arranged thematically to highlight similarities as well as differences across cultures, the reinstalled galleries represent steps in the ongoing journey toward a more inclusive and accessible presentation of the many stories art can tell.

Historically, museums in the United States have prioritized art made by White men. As a result, the important contributions of many artists have been absorbed, marginalized, overlooked, or ignored—especially those of women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists. While the present display features more diverse personal and artistic identities than ever before (with the highest increase among Black, women, and LGBTQIA+ artists), much work lies ahead.

Current Exhibitions

  • Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg

    African cities are growing rapidly, and these two cities have experienced this growth in diverse yet fascinating ways. The street scenes in this exhibition represent the complex narratives of these urban areas: tales of migration, labor, desperation, success, hope, and imagination among others.

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Recent Acquisitions: 2016–2023

    Featuring more than thirty recent additions to the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibit includes work by Veronica Ryan, Sean Scully, Joan Snyder, John Steuart Curry, Fidelia Bridges and James McNeil Whistler, among others. Some of the works will be accompanied by short texts prepared by the 2022–2023 cohort of Robert Reiff museum interns.

  • Tossed: Art from Discarded, Found and Re-purposed Materials

    Comprised of nearly twenty works that make use of discarded materials, Tossed, which is curated by the museum’s longtime exhibition designer Ken Pohlman, explores themes of thrift, aesthetics, social / political commentary, and cultural reference juxtaposing contemporary works—by artists such as Swoon, Richard Stankiewicz, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè, Melvin Edwards, and Betye Saar—with artists’ statements and contextual insights about our throwaway society.