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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 Greek and Roman arts. The first of its kind in the region, the Museum predated even the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, which was not dedicated until 1933.

Today, the Wilcox Museum is operated by KU’s Department of Classics, and displays plaster casts of famous Greek and Roman sculptures as well as a wide range of ancient objects and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean region.

The Museum is located in Lippincott Hall 103, in the Mary Amelia Grant Gallery, named after a longtime curator and one of several significant benefactors of the collection during the twentieth century.

The Department of Classics with current curator Phil Stinson, Associate Professor of Classics, hope to soon renovate the Museum with the goal of using the collection more in undergraduate and graduate teaching — just as it served in the beginning.

The Museum's hours of operation for Fall Semester 2018 are M-Th, 10 am - 4 pm, and Fridays 10 am - 1 pm. 

The Museum will be available for special use on Friday afternoons upon request. Additional open hours are also possible upon request and if given enough advance notice.

The Museum is closed during the summer, for all breaks, and on KU and Federal holidays.

The Wilcox Classical Museum
Lippincott Hall 103
1410 Jayhawk Blvd

Curator, Phil Stinson
Professor of Classics

Department of Classics










image of clay pig
A Hellenistic terracotta figurine of an armed
pig (one of Odysseus's men on Circe's island?
-- or an "animal satire" of a warrior?)

Featured item:

3D Model of Duck-CupThe Wilcox Museum’s website is now offering three-dimensional digital models of several objects in the collection. See our new 3D Imaging page under "The Collection" tab!  

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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