Step Inside The Hampton University Museum

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Tucked away on the campus of Hampton University is a museum that spans history and cultures to bring visitors the authentic and awe-inspiring story of our collective past. The museum houses thousands of artifacts from Asia to America and an art collection that will boggle the mind. Open and free to the public, the Hampton University Museum is a popular destination for vacationers and locals alike.


Hampton University has always had the vision to build their museum with pieces that support the historical, geographical, and cultural curriculum of the school as well as the tenor of the student body. So when the university began a program geared toward American Indian education in 1878, they also built a substantial Native American collection. The Enduring Legacy: Native Arts, Native Peoples exhibit is a permanent feature of the Hampton a University Museum and is sure to impress visitors.

Art Collection

Hampton University began collecting African-American art with the purchase of two paintings in 1894 by the talented and world-renowned Henry O. Tanner. Tanner’s masterwork is The Banjo Lesson, painted in Philadelphia and among the two original pieces acquired by Hampton University. Be sure to gaze upon this sensitive and telling scene and take time to ponder the significance of every decision made by the artist. The Banjo Lesson is a highlight of the museum collection.

Hampton University and other local colleges keep the lower peninsula young. A move to Hampton Roads is a move toward vibrancy, culture, and a wealth of entertainment opportunities. Enjoy the rich heritage of the area filtered through the contemporary vision of a college town. Hampton Roads is where life happens. If you aren’t already a lucky resident of Waypoint Apartmentscontact us to help you navigate your move to our charming and bustling community. Our apartments are contemporary gems set within the idyllic coastal region of Virginia. You will love it here.

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