Joseph Allen Skinner Museum

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum Assembled over a lifetime and inspiring wonder for generations, Skinner’s cabinet of curiosities has been a unique treasure of MHC’s campus since 1946.

Welcome to the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum page! The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum is a 20th-century cabinet of curiosities. The Museum consists of the diverse collections of Joseph Skinner (1867-1946), a local manufacturer and philanthropist. Skinner was interested in preserving a disappearing past, with collections of farm implements, colonial life, Native American artifacts, decorative arts, and a whole lot more. In time, he accumulated an eclectic mix of objects from western Massachusetts and around the world. The Skinner Museum opened to the public in 1932 and became part of the Mount Holyoke College campus upon Skinner’s death in 1946. Today, the Skinner Museum is administered by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and continues to be preserved as a resource for the campus and the community, in keeping with Joseph Skinner’s original vision. The Skinner Museum will be closed October-April, except by appointment. If you would like to schedule a group tour, please call the Museum. A two week notice would be appreciated.

Two MHCAM alums, Pheobe Cos ’16 and Ally LaForge ’16 (front and middle), during their fellowship at Historic Deerfie...
11/17/2016
Historic Deerfield

Two MHCAM alums, Pheobe Cos ’16 and Ally LaForge ’16 (front and middle), during their fellowship at Historic Deerfield’s awesome summer program!

Historic Deerfield Accepting Applications for 2017 Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
11/03/2016

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum

Thanks to all you fabulous students who braved snow and sleet and rain to come to Night at the #SkinnerMuseum! We ❤️...
10/28/2016

Thanks to all you fabulous students who braved snow and sleet and rain to come to Night at the #SkinnerMuseum! We ❤️ you #MountHolyoke! #mhcartmuseum #skinnerweird #itshalloweenwitches

10/27/2016

TONIGHT! Join us for a Night at the Skinner Museum! Candy, cider, donuts, button making, scavenger hunt, mysteries of history, and weird prizes! Costumes strongly encouraged! 👻🎃💀 7:00-8:30pm, rain or shine!
In the event of rain, or if you just don’t feel like walking, a shuttle bus will leave the Art Museum at 7:00pm and return at 8:15. Check our page for more details!

#skinnermuseum #skinnerweird #mhcartmuseum #mountholyoke

Happy #NationalFossilDay!🐚 This hefty tooth in the Skinner Museum collection came from a Carcharodon megalodon in the...
10/12/2016

Happy #NationalFossilDay!🐚 This hefty tooth in the Skinner Museum collection came from a Carcharodon megalodon in the Cooper River of North Carolina and is a mind-boggling 23 – 2.6 million years old! The megalodon (meaning big tooth) was a ginormous prehistoric shark measuring more than 50 feet in length-that's more than 3 times the size of a great white shark and half the size of a blue whale. Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture Aaron Miller will be in Florida this weekend scuba diving for fossils from megalodons, wooly mammoths, and giant sloths!⚓️ #bonvoyage #megalodon #skinnerweird #skinnermuseum #mhcartmuseum
See more awesome Skinner objects on the MHCAM blog in Dr. Miller's article, "Skinner Weird!" http://bit.ly/mhcamskinnerweird

😫First day of classes got you feeling like this #oldschool British inkwell? Distract yourself with the hilarious MHCA...
09/12/2016

😫First day of classes got you feeling like this #oldschool British inkwell? Distract yourself with the hilarious MHCAM blog article about the weirdest things at the Skinner Museum! http://bit.ly/mhcamskinnerweird #backtoschool #skinnerweird #skinnermuseum #mhcartmuseum

This way to the MHCAM blog! http://bit.ly/mhcamskinnerweird. Check out a recent post by Associate Curator of Visual and ...
08/26/2016

This way to the MHCAM blog! http://bit.ly/mhcamskinnerweird. Check out a recent post by Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Aaron Miller, on some of the weirdest objects at the Skinner Museum. About this disembodied arm, he writes: “Somewhere along the line a ship’s figurehead lost its arm. In the nineteenth century, female figureheads on the prows of ships would often have outstretched arms pointing the way. Now, this particular arm resides on the wall of the Skinner Museum, pointing to who knows what.” #skinnerweird #strangethings #skinnermuseum #mhcartmuseum

See it in the flesh at the Skinner Museum! Open now through October, on Wednesdays and Sundays from 2:00-5:00pm.

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
06/10/2015

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum

Tonight is the night!
10/24/2013

Tonight is the night!

MHC students, next Thursday evening come check out YOUR Skinner Museum!
10/18/2013

MHC students, next Thursday evening come check out YOUR Skinner Museum!

06/07/2013

An original late 18th- or early 19th-century acrostic poem written by Dr. Aaron John Miller of Ludlow honoring Washington. Another documentary gem from the Skinner Museum.

Great Cheif Columbia venerates thy name;
Europe with awe, proclames thy deathless fame;
On Asias plains, where Priests adore the sun;
Rajahs, and Nabobs owe Great Washington;
Grim Afric's Sons, who wars eternal wage;
Earth's savage nations all revere our sage;
Where Philidelphia graces yonder plains;
Adorn'd with Laurel our Lov'd Hero Reigns;
Serene He guides the helm of every State;
His skill in War, and Politicks Compleat;
Illustrous Statesman thou in vertuas cause;
Nowdeigns to sit The gaurdian of our Laws;
Graced with the lovaly olive branch of Peace;
Thy praise O Washington shall never cease;
On thee, this Western World have turn'd their Eyes;
Ne'er to revert them, till thou mount thee Skies.

Thank you Netflix!
02/15/2013

Thank you Netflix!

Late 18th- or early 19th-century tavern or shop sign for Levi Smith of Granby, Massachusetts
01/14/2013

Late 18th- or early 19th-century tavern or shop sign for Levi Smith of Granby, Massachusetts

Fijian sawn sperm whale tooth necklace. Probably late 19th or early 20th century.
01/08/2013

Fijian sawn sperm whale tooth necklace. Probably late 19th or early 20th century.

DoloresRhoda Holmes Nichollsca. 19083 x 2 1/4 in.
12/16/2012

Dolores
Rhoda Holmes Nicholls
ca. 1908
3 x 2 1/4 in.

Have a happy (1796) Thanksgiving!
11/21/2012

Have a happy (1796) Thanksgiving!

10/31/2012

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !
Don't forget, today is the last day the Skinner Museum before we reopen in May :)

Skinner snapshot of the day: a recent discovery at the Skinner Museum! It is an 17th or 18th century doll. Visit today! ...
10/24/2012

Skinner snapshot of the day: a recent discovery at the Skinner Museum! It is an 17th or 18th century doll. Visit today! We are open from 2-5pm : )

A very unique Skinner snapshot and finding! While sitting with other Mount Holyoke College alumna in the Delle's common ...
10/21/2012

A very unique Skinner snapshot and finding! While sitting with other Mount Holyoke College alumna in the Delle's common room, a Mount Holyoke Alumna picked up an old hymnal and opened to find Joseph A. Skinner's signature! Wowza! Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College

Visit today! We are open until 5pm :)

10/20/2012

We'd like to thank everyone who came to the Skinner Museum with their family and friends! Today was a success :) We're looking forward to your next visit!

The Skinner Museum will be open tomorrow from 10am-12pm for Mount Holyoke College's Family & Friends weekend!
10/19/2012

The Skinner Museum will be open tomorrow from 10am-12pm for Mount Holyoke College's Family & Friends weekend!

Skinner snapshot of the day! A Boer automatic pistol of the Boer War (1899-1902). This is just one of many pistols, revo...
10/10/2012

Skinner snapshot of the day! A Boer automatic pistol of the Boer War (1899-1902). This is just one of many pistols, revolvers and weapons from the Skinner Museum. Visit today! We're open 2-5pm :)

Skinner snippet of the day! Can you guess what it is?It's a condiment holder! A very elaborate one, too :)
10/07/2012

Skinner snippet of the day! Can you guess what it is?

It's a condiment holder! A very elaborate one, too :)

Skinner snippet of the week! A presentation sword made in 1835 in Springfield, MA. The Massachusetts seal is engraved in...
10/03/2012

Skinner snippet of the week! A presentation sword made in 1835 in Springfield, MA. The Massachusetts seal is engraved in the sword.

Ken Eisenstein's Film Studies class from Mount Holyoke College tours the Skinner Museum!
09/26/2012

Ken Eisenstein's Film Studies class from Mount Holyoke College tours the Skinner Museum!

We're open today from 2-5pm! Free admission :)
09/23/2012

We're open today from 2-5pm! Free admission :)

Panorama view of the Skinner Museum! We also have another floor full of even more incredible pieces. Don't forget, we're...
09/21/2012

Panorama view of the Skinner Museum! We also have another floor full of even more incredible pieces.

Don't forget, we're open Wednesdays + Sundays, 2-5pm. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Did you know that Skinner began collecting as a boy? He started off with collecting sea shells and rocks! Take a look at...
09/20/2012

Did you know that Skinner began collecting as a boy? He started off with collecting sea shells and rocks! Take a look at just a segment of the extensive sea shell and rock collection.

Amanda Gilvin's class "The Creation of African Art" from Mount Holyoke College touring and checking out several African ...
09/19/2012

Amanda Gilvin's class "The Creation of African Art" from Mount Holyoke College touring and checking out several African pieces at the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum!

Skinner snippet of the day: A Persian brass camel!The entire surface is elaborately chased with mythical human and anima...
09/19/2012

Skinner snippet of the day: A Persian brass camel!
The entire surface is elaborately chased with mythical human and animal figures.

Check out the view from the highest level! We're open Wednesday and Sunday, 2-5pm. See it all up close!
09/14/2012

Check out the view from the highest level! We're open Wednesday and Sunday, 2-5pm. See it all up close!

05/02/2012

TODAY is the big day :)! Rain or shine, we will be open to the public, so come on by!

Once again, we open at 2 pm, and Laura Quintrell will speak about her thesis work at 2:30! We hope to see you there!

04/26/2012

LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN:
Less than a WEEK until the re-opening of the Skinner Museum! 6 days to be exact.

Tell your friends, co-workers, family...basically everyone :)!

* We will be open until October, Wednesday + Sunday, 2-5 pm

We're so thrilled to announce special news! We have a remarkable guest speaker for our opening on May 2nd at 2:30 pm: La...
04/26/2012

We're so thrilled to announce special news! We have a remarkable guest speaker for our opening on May 2nd at 2:30 pm: Laura Quintrell!

Laura is part of the Class of 2012 at Mount Holyoke College, and is graduating with a major in Art History and a minor in History. She will be sharing with us her conclusions regarding "Vanishing Act: The Role of the Object in the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum"!

Laura's presentation will surely be phenomenal so you don't want to miss this event! See you there :)

(Enjoy this cut-out silhouette of nine children following a Pied Piper type figure from the Skinner Museum collection!)

WE'RE BACK.Mark your calendars because the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum will be open to the public starting on MAY 2nd! W...
04/12/2012

WE'RE BACK.
Mark your calendars because the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum will be open to the public starting on MAY 2nd! We will be open on Wednesdays + Sundays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Spread the news, everyone!

Can the month of May come sooner, please? We are so excited!

*And don't forget, you can schedule private appointments + group tours throughout the entire year with a three-week notice! Just give us a call and we'll make it happen :)

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum's cover photo
04/12/2012

Joseph Allen Skinner Museum's cover photo

10/22/2011

The Skinner Museum will be closed for the public starting in November! This week is your last chance to visit the museum! We are open on Wednesday + Sunday, 2-5

10/22/2011

Family + Friends Weekend (a weekend event held by Mount Holyoke College) at the Skinner Museum was phenomenal and a great success! It was lovely meeting all of relatives and friends of Mount Holyoke College students. We hope you enjoyed your visit!

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33 Woodbridge St
South Hadley, MA
01075

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