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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:00pm - 9:00pm

The Davis Re-Discovered—Opening Celebration!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm |
Join the Davis in unveiling our new permanent collections galleries and opening our fall special exhibitions, Charlotte Brooks at LOOK 1951 ­ 1971, Anni Albers’ Connections, and Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson! A festive reception will take place in the lobby, complete with complimentary snacks, beverages and a DJ.
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.

For more information, visit our Programs & Events page.