Wilcox Classical Museum

Wilcox Classical Museum The Wilcox Classical Museum is a teaching museum at the University of Kansas.

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04/17/2021
For our upcoming exhibit in May, we are fabricating replicas of three panels from the Parthenon Frieze. The panels will ...
04/06/2021

For our upcoming exhibit in May, we are fabricating replicas of three panels from the Parthenon Frieze. The panels will be illuminated with color designs using an augmented reality projector. Thanks to the KU School of Architecture & Design's CNC Milling Lab!

For our upcoming exhibit in May, we are fabricating replicas of three panels from the Parthenon Frieze. The panels will be illuminated with color designs using an augmented reality projector. Thanks to the KU School of Architecture & Design's CNC Milling Lab!

One week from tonight! Public online lecture sponsored by the Kansas City - Lawrence Chapter of the Archaeological Insti...
04/02/2021

One week from tonight! Public online lecture sponsored by the Kansas City - Lawrence Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. For registration, contact Phil Stinson ([email protected])

Students from three classes in Architecture, Design, and Classics are re-imagining the future design of the Wilcox Class...
03/28/2021

Students from three classes in Architecture, Design, and Classics are re-imagining the future design of the Wilcox Classical Museum. This is a portion of one of two schemes currently being developed by Professor Chad Kraus's designbuild studio. Over the coming days and weeks, more results of their work will be shared here. Then in early May, an exhibit showcasing the students' amazing projects will open inside the gallery of the museum!

The Department of Classics mourns the passing of Professor emerita Betty Banks, longtime curator of the Wilcox Classical...
11/07/2020

The Department of Classics mourns the passing of Professor emerita Betty Banks, longtime curator of the Wilcox Classical Museum.

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10/08/2020

Wilcox Classical Museum's cover photo

We just launched the beta version of our new website, where you can check out a majority of our collection online! Here ...
07/04/2020
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We just launched the beta version of our new website, where you can check out a majority of our collection online! Here you can see our entire collection of plaster casts as well as many of our ancient artifacts and coins. Let us know what you think!

http://wilcox.ku.edu

The Wilcox Museum was dedicated in 1888 as the Classical Museum of the University of Kansas. The Museum’s founder, Professor Alexander Wilcox, taught at KU from 1865-1915. In creating the Classical Museum, Professor Wilcox had the goal in mind of exposing students and Kansans alike to the ancient ...

Due to ongoing public health concerns, the Wilcox Classical Museum is temporarily closed. We hope that you are all stayi...
03/23/2020

Due to ongoing public health concerns, the Wilcox Classical Museum is temporarily closed. We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy and we apologize for any inconvenience! We'll let you know as soon as we can reopen.

We were very happy to host a high school class from Bishop Seabury Academy last Friday at the museum. Reach out to us if...
02/24/2020

We were very happy to host a high school class from Bishop Seabury Academy last Friday at the museum. Reach out to us if you'd like to schedule a visit for your class or group!

Great things are happening at the Wilcox Classical Museum. We're working to launch a cutting-edge digital exhibit on col...
02/20/2020

Great things are happening at the Wilcox Classical Museum. We're working to launch a cutting-edge digital exhibit on color in ancient art and renovate our space in Lippincott Hall. Be part of the future we're building here in the Classics Department. Donate to our campaign with #OneDayOneKU.

kuendowment.org/wilcox

Your gift today will support planning activities in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021—the design and modeling phase, a collaboration between the Department of Classics and the DesignBuild studio at the KU School of Architecture & Design.

Classics undergrad Aaron Fugate (front left) and Geology professor Dr. Doug Walker recently began work on several white ...
12/09/2019

Classics undergrad Aaron Fugate (front left) and Geology professor Dr. Doug Walker recently began work on several white marble samples from the Wilcox Classical Museum.

Through this unique collaboration between Classics and University of Kansas Department of Geology, we hope to determine the origin point of these white marbles with the possibility of publication. Are they Greek or Italian marble? Hellenistic or Roman in date? Stay tuned to find out!

Wilcox Classical Museum's cover photo
11/19/2019

Wilcox Classical Museum's cover photo

Many thanks to all those who came out for International Archaeology Day! We were happy to see so many visitors throughou...
10/21/2019

Many thanks to all those who came out for International Archaeology Day! We were happy to see so many visitors throughout the day for the guided tours.

Today is the last day to RSVP for our International Archaeology Day event coming up this Friday! Get a guided tour of th...
10/15/2019

Today is the last day to RSVP for our International Archaeology Day event coming up this Friday! Get a guided tour of the Wilcox and the KU Natural History Museum. There are several time slots available and tours will run about an hour in length. Let us know if you have any questions!

International Archaeology Day is coming up in a few weeks and there will be guided tours of the archaeological collections at the KU Natural History Museum and the Wilcox Classical Museum. The tours will run at 10am, 11am, and 12pm on Friday, October 18th! They will last between 60-75 minutes in length.

Due to limited space please RSVP to Tashia Dare at [email protected] no later than October 15, 2019 by 5pm. When you RSVP please indicate your preferred tour time.

Interested in getting a guided tour of our collections? Here's your chance! Be sure to RSVP by October 15th to the email...
09/30/2019

Interested in getting a guided tour of our collections? Here's your chance! Be sure to RSVP by October 15th to the email address below. Send us a message if you have any questions!

International Archaeology Day is coming up in a few weeks and there will be guided tours of the archaeological collections at the KU Natural History Museum and the Wilcox Classical Museum. The tours will run at 10am, 11am, and 12pm on Friday, October 18th! They will last between 60-75 minutes in length.

Due to limited space please RSVP to Tashia Dare at [email protected] no later than October 15, 2019 by 5pm. When you RSVP please indicate your preferred tour time.

09/16/2019

The museum will be closing early today at 2:45 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience!

We have some great plans in the works for the museum space. Check out the article below for details on our renovation pr...
09/10/2019
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We have some great plans in the works for the museum space. Check out the article below for details on our renovation project!

Could #augmentedreality #technology be coming to the Wilcox Classical Museum? Read up on all that's afoot at "the oldest museum at The University of Kansas":

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A Wilcox mystery solved!One of our casts that had been in storage has had a bit of an ongoing identity crisis until rece...
04/25/2019

A Wilcox mystery solved!

One of our casts that had been in storage has had a bit of an ongoing identity crisis until recently. Prof. Phil Stinson had thrown around the idea that the cast was that of a muse since she was holding two flutes in her hands, though with some digging by one of our undergraduates (s/o to Monica Barcarolo), we can more accurately identify the figure. The cast in question was created from a 19th century reconstruction of an original ancient sculpture, which before reconstruction was found missing her head and both of her arms. These reconstructionists used the iconography found on the statue’s base to identify her as being the muse Euterpe, thus giving us our cast. However, years after the reconstruction and casting, the statue was reevaluated and was found to not be Euterpe. Instead, it was identified as a leaning Aphrodite. The original statue is a Roman copy of a Greek original attributed to the 5th century sculptor Alkamenes. The original statue is currently housed in the Louvre.

Interested in learning more about the Wilcox Classical Museum? Check out this interview with current Curator Dr. Phil St...
04/22/2019

Interested in learning more about the Wilcox Classical Museum? Check out this interview with current Curator Dr. Phil Stinson below!

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*--What is the Wilcox Classical Museum?--*
The Wilcox Classical Museum is a student-run teaching museum located on the first floor of Lippincott Hall and is one of the hidden gems of KU’s campus. The collection’s holdings include c. 450 ancient Greek and Roman artifacts, 800 coins, and 75 sculptural casts and reproductions of masterpieces of Greek and Roman art. The collection is part and parcel with KU’s cultural heritage, and Lippincott Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

*--How was the museum founded?--*
Although visitors to KU’s campus today will be more familiar with its Spencer Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum, the collection of the Wilcox Classical Museum significantly predates them and was a “first” for KU when inaugurated by Professor Alexander Wilcox at the June Commencement in 1888. The collection was reconstituted in the 1980s by the Department of Classics and rededicated in 1988 in its current configuration in the west wing of Lippincott Hall. I have been serving as curator since 2017.

*--What is your vision for the future of the museum?--*
External reviews have recommended expanding the mission of the museum and enhancing its physical design. Last year we formed a committee with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to further explore new possibilities. The committee is made up of representatives from Classics, the School of Architecture and Design, Museum Studies, and the Office of Facilities Planning and Development.

Right now, we are writing a planning grant proposal. We have a vision for transforming the gallery’s white plaster casts with color using digital technologies such as projection systems and augmented reality devices and apps. Our current proposal title is “Coloring the Classical Museum.” Additionally, several of our graduate and undergraduate students are developing a new website for the museum’s collection. With this new site, we hope to broaden the audience of the museum and significantly improve outreach efforts. We’re really excited to see what new directions the Wilcox might take in the coming years.

*--What is your favorite item?--*
My favorite object in the collection is definitely the so-called “Marble Barbarian Head” or the “Dacian Chieftain.” It’s my favorite because it reminds me of figures depicted on the Column of Trajan in Rome (112 CE). Though our little head likely was a decorative ornament from a high-end piece of furniture made in or near Rome around the same time. (Here is a link to a 3D record of the object: http://wilcox.ku.edu/dacian-chieftain-barbarian)

Welcome to our new page!Watch this space for exciting news and updates from the Wilcox Classical Museum.
03/05/2019

Welcome to our new page!
Watch this space for exciting news and updates from the Wilcox Classical Museum.

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03/04/2019

Wilcox Classical Museum's cover photo

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03/04/2019

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Lippincott Hall 103, 1410 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS
66045

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Is the museum ever open on weekends or at night?