About

Founded in 1868, the same year as the school, the Hampton University Museum is the oldest African American museum in the United States, and one of the oldest museums in the state of Virginia. The collections contain over 9,000 objects including African American fine arts, traditional African, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Asian art. The Museum also includes one of the nation’s largest archives of 19th and early 20th century photographs of African American life. The Museum’s journal, the International Review of African American Art (IRAAA), is distributed to schools, museums, public libraries and other institutions and to individual subscribers in this country and abroad. Its IRAAA+ webzine was launched in summer 2012.