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AJ Drexel Picture Gallery: 

M - F: 3:30pm - 5pm
Tours by appointment.

Rincliff Gallery:

M - F: 8am - 8:30pm

Peck Gallery:

M - F: 9am - 5pm

  • Closed on Sundays and major holidays.
  • Galleries are free and open to the public.

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Coming Next

Toys, Trinkets and Trifles: Toys and Miniatures from The Drexel Collection:

December 4, 2015 - February 15, 2016

Rincliffe Gallery

Transforming the Rincliffe Gallery into a toy store from the past, this exhibition displays the charming toys and games of The Drexel Collection.

Coming Soon

Pictures of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints:

February 29 – May 6, 2016

Rincliffe Gallery

Surround yourself with the beautiful images of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from The Drexel Collections over two-hundred prints.

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Curator Pick of the Month

Title: Tall-Case Astronomical Musical Clock
Artist: David Rittenhouse (1732-1796)
Creation Date: c. 1773
Origin: Philadelphia, PA
Medium: Mahogany, white cedar, poplar, oak, brass, silver

This is the David Rittenhouse Astronomical Musical Clock with Chinese Chippendale mahogany case, one of The Drexel Collection’s most prized objects. The Philadelphia Astronomical Society published the book by Ron Hoppes titled “The Most Important Clock in America: The David Rittenhouse Astronomical Musical Clock at Drexel University”. Why is this clock so important you might ask? David Rittenhouse was a renowned Pennsylvania astronomer and instrument maker who designed and built the clock in 1773. He was also a friend of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The clock tells the time, month and day, location of planets, tracks several esoteric astronomical phenomena, and plays 10 different tunes on its chimes. On the top of the clock, there are six tiny planets that orbit the sun (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto had yet to be discovered). It is also outlined with the names of zodiac constellations, and just by looking at the face of the clock you are able to tell where to look for a particular planet that night. The clock is just about in complete original condition. In 1879, we know that George W. Childs purchased the clock, and it was given to Drexel Institute by his widow in 1894. To learn more, watch the video below on the clock’s restoration and visit the Picture Gallery to see the newly installed interactive about the clock!

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New and Conserved Pieces

Model of a Greek Temple
Discovered on the 4th floor of the Main Building in early 2013, this model of a Greek temple was built in 1898 as a teaching aid for the Architectural Drawing program at the Drexel Institute.

Portrait of a Woman
Just returned to The Drexel Collection, this portrait of a woman by Francis Martin Drexel reveals the sumptuous embroidery and lace bonnet previously disguised by discoloration.

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Welcome to the Collection

Drexel University, initially Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, was founded on the belief that education should be both practical and cultural—and that art should be not only beautiful, but educational. On that principle, The Drexel Collection—the University’s flagship collection of art—was founded alongside the University in 1891. Today, the Collection remains a resource for historically and culturally significant works of art as Drexel University pioneers a model for the modern, urban university.