Davis Museum

Wellesley College

106 Central Street

Wellesley, MA  02481-8203

Tel: 781.283.2051

Fax: 781.283.2064

Visitors with Disabilities

The Davis, Collins Café, and Collins Cinema are wheelchair accessible. Two manual wheelchairs are available for free, without reservations; please inquire at the Information Desk. Public restrooms in the Museum and Café are accessible.

Other accommodations may be available if requested in advance. Please contact Jim Wice, Director of Disability Services for Wellesley College, at 781.283.2434 (voice/TTY) or for more information.


Tuesday - Sunday
11 am – 5 pm
Closed June 27th - Sept. 20th


Museum hours change with the school year, please contact the museum to confirm.

Tel. 781.283.2051

The Davis Museum and its programs are open to the public free of charge.

Mass Cultural Council

Collins Cafe

Hours of Operation (when school is in session):

Mon-Fri 8 am – 2 pm

For more information, please contact Tom Markham at or 781.283.2897.

In addition to the Collins Café, there are a number of dining options open to the public across campus.

Special Events

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Curatorial Gallery Talk: C​harlotte Brooks

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 4:00pm | Davis Galleries
Exhibition curator Ileana Selejan provides an introduction to Charlotte Brooks’ life and work, addressing the main themes and subjects of the exhibition.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Oct 12 2016 - Nov 30 2016 | 6:30pm

Film Series: Museums in Motion

All films take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm.
In honor of the Davis’s newly installed permanent collections galleries, uncover the secret life of museums through this selection of recent cinematic masterpieces. These contemporary films pull back the curtain on unique, behind­the­scenes views of museum activities and characters, both real and imagined.
Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift.
October 12 ​The Great Museum​ (Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 2014)
Featuring unprecedented access to an influential and multi­faceted institution, The Great Museum reveals the inner­workings of Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. As the camera roams through spacious rooms hosting some of the world's most valuable art, director Johannes Holzhausen brings light to a dynamic, reflective and fast-­moving institution that is both adapting to the marketing and funding realities of the 21st­-century while remaining faithful to its core mission. (Source: Kino Lorber)
November 2 ​Russian Ark ​(Dir. Alexandr Sokurov, 2002)
Russian Ark is a unique journey through time and Russian history. Filmed entirely in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Sokurov's breathtaking film recreates 300 years of history and culture and is the first entirely unedited, single-­take, full­-length feature film. (Source: BFI)
November 16 ​National Gallery​ (Dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. National Gallery is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. (Source: Zipporah Films)
November 30 ​Museum Hours ​(Dir. Jem Cohen, 2014)
Museum Hours is a mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna's grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from overseas, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives. (Source: Cinema Guild)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Picturing the Sixties: Photojournalism in the Age of Picture Magazines

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 6:30pm | Collins Cinema

Former Look and Life magazine staff photographer John Shearer joins Annie Segan, daughter of renowned photographer Arthur Rothstein, for a panel discussion about picture stories, photojournalism, and political change moderated by exhibition curator Ileana Selejan, The Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Educator Workshop: Engaging with Objects

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Free, registration required.
How do we engage students with objects? Explore a variety of close­looking and participatory strategies in this interactive workshop designed for K­12 educators in all subject areas. Using the newly installed permanent collections galleries as our laboratory, participants will discuss tried­-and-­true methods for integrating objects into lesson plans, as well as learn new ways to tap into the interdisciplinary power of art objects.
Generously supported by the Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lecture:​The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 6:30pm | Collins Cinema

Join Maureen Cassidy­-Geiger ‘78 for an illustrated presentation of her new book, The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden, the first comprehensive history of the architect’s sublime 49­acre suburban estate, evolved between 1946 and 2005, in partnership with David Whitney. Known chiefly for its iconic centerpiece, the site features a dozen Johnsonian follies, sculptures by Donald Judd and Julian Schnabel, three ‘antique’ houses, and a pastoral landscape of meadows, marshland, mature trees, and historic rock walls. A magnet for architects, artists and high society, the Glass House was, at once, salon, showpiece, and laboratory. It was also a fertile setting for a succession of short­lived gardens designed and tended by Whitney over four decades. Maureen Cassidy-­Geiger ‘78 is an internationally recognized curator, scholar and educator with special expertise in European decorative arts, patterns of collecting and display and the history of architecture, gardens and photography.
Co-­hosted by the Wellesley College Art Department.

For more information, visit our Programs & Events page.