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About the Teaching Museum

The Perlman Teaching Museum (formerly the Carleton Art Gallery) moved to its new location in the Weitz Center for Creativity in September 2011.

At 7,800 square feet, the teaching museum more than doubles Carleton's former art gallery space. The museum is dominated by two large art galleries, one of them two stories tall to allow the display of large-scale works. Nearby, a museum classroom will allow greater access to Carleton's permanent art collection, linking objects in the museum to concepts and ideas that faculty are teaching in all disciplines.

"A teaching museum is a fairly new concept in higher education," says Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions and Curator of the College Art Collection. "The teaching museum is designed for engaging in scholarly conversation around objects, both borrowed and drawn from our own collections. With the new facility, the art collection, currently a hidden resource, will be far more accessible and searchable for faculty, visiting artists, and of course students."

The Teaching Museum also meets high standards in climate control and security, essential for borrowing important works of art from museums, private collections, and individual artists.

Other museum features include:

  • Climate-controlled art collection storage.
  • Receiving, preparation, and storage areas, including a framing and matting studio.
  • Museum staff offices

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