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Smith College Museum of Art

Elm Street at Bedford Terrace
Northampton, Massachusetts

Phone: 413 585 2760 -
TTY: (413)585-2786

Statement of Purpose:

An integral part of Smith College and its mission, the Smith College Museum of Art educates and engages our academic and broader communities through meaningful and memorable encounters with exceptional art.

17th century to 20th century European and American paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative objects. In 1875, the first President of Smith College, Laurenus Clarke Seelye, called for the creation of an art gallery for the four year old women's college, "where the student may be made directly familiar with the famous masterpieces." The museum first displayed reproductions of great works of art in the western tradition.

Shortly thereafter, Seeyle began acquiring original works from contemporary American artists. Seelye's first purchase, in 1879, was Thomas Eakins's In Grandmother's Time. Since then the museum has amassed a collection of renowned 19th-century American and French paintings, as well as impressive holdings in contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography.

We are currently closed for two years of renovations so our offerings are greatly reduced. 


The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is considered one of the finest college art museums in the country. Known for its distinguished collection of more than 20,000 objects from all periods and cultures, the Museum is located in the heart of Northampton, Massachusetts, a thriving cultural and academic community. The permanent collection includes modern painting and sculpture, works on paper, western European masterworks, antiquities, decorative arts, and emerging collections of African, Asian, and Islamic art. Changing exhibitions reflect the growing diversity of the collection. In addition, SCMA hosts free public programs for all ages, including monthly Second Fridays (with hands-on art-making and gallery talks or lectures) and Family Days. Popular amenities include acclaimed artist-designed rest rooms, a series of 11 unique, hand-crafted gallery benches, the Museum Shop, and an onsite Café. The museum's collection contains objects from a variety of cultures and in a wide spectrum of media, ranging in date from 2500 B.C. to the present. There is an emphasis on European and American art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Nineteenth-century French paintings: Courbet's Preparation of the Dead Girl, Degas's The Daughter of Jephthah, several Monets, including The Cathedral at Rouen, a Seurat study for La Grande Jatte, paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin and Vuillard.

Nineteeth-century American paintings: Hudson River School landscapes, naive portraits, Bierstadt, Inness, Homer, Sargent and Whistler. Eakins's Portrait of Edith Mahon and Edwin Romanzo Elmer's The Mourning Picture are signature works from this period.

Twentieth-century European paintings: Figures by the Sea by Picasso, Glasses and Newspaper by Gris, and Dodo and her Brother by Kirchner.

Twentieth-century American paintings: Charles Sheeler's Rolling Power, Frank Stella's Damascus gate (Variation III), and Sandy Skoglund's Tools of Expression.

Sculptures: Barye, Rodin, Arp, Giacometti, Nevelson, Calder and Rickey.

Prints, Drawings and Photographs: Drawings by Ingres, Matisse, Seurat, Cezanne, Klee, Maurice Prendergast, and John James Audubon. Photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen and Cindy Sherman.




Tuesday to Saturday: 10–4
Sunday: 12–4
Second Friday of each month:
10–8 (4–8 FREE)

By appointment at other times.

Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


$5 Adults

$4 Seniors (65+)

$3 Students (13+ with ID)

$2 Youth (6–12)


Members of the Museum; Smith College students, faculty, and staff; Five College faculty; any college student with ID; and children five and under. Immediate families of Smith faculty and staff are also admitted free.

Free passes may be checked out at the Forbes Library (20 West Street, next to Smith campus) and at the Lilly Library (19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA). For a full list of participating libraries and for further information on the library pass program, click here.

Free to all on the second Friday of the month, 4–8 PM



Woman with a monkey, 1884.

Georges Seurat, French, 1859-1891. Purchased, Tyron Fund, 1934.

Key Personnel:

Jessica Nicoll, Director
Louise Ines Doyle, Chief Curator

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