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Please note that due to the digitization of the collection, the Lisanby Museum is closed to visitors until Fall 2022. Thank you for your understanding. 

Located in the lower level of the Festival Conference and Student Center in room 1108, the James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum presents dynamic, high-quality exhibitions featuring works of art from the Madison Art Collection. Serving both the university population as well as that of the surrounding community, the Lisanby is dedicated to celebrating diversity, scholarship, and the pursuit of knowledge.


Closed until Fall 2022

Upcoming Exhibitions

Savoring the Moon: Japanese Prints of the Floating World

Fall 2022 (Dates forthcoming)

Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo period (1615-1868) were produced at a time when the cessation of civil warfare and governmental stability ushered in a new period of artistic appreciation and patronage. What is known as the “Floating World” was not a physical place, but rather a mindset of enjoying life’s fleeting pleasures. While the pleasures may have been fleeting, happily the prints which chronicled this lifestyle survive to be enjoyed by viewers today.


Faculty, students, and community members may request access to specific objects during the 2021-22 academic year by contacting Ginny Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661).


Free parking is available for visitors to the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum in the pay-by-space parking spaces in D3 Lot, across from the Festival Conference and Student Center. Call us at 540-568-2661 during business hours prior to your visit for a code to enter at the pay station for free parking. A JMU permit is required for parking outside of the pay-by-space area and vehicles without permits are subject to citation.

 JMU Parking Services also provides visitors with parking permits at no charge during normal business hours (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday). Visitors are not required to display permits after 3:00 PM on Friday and may park in the Commuter and Resident lots. Email your questions to or call 540.568.3300.

Group Visits

Group visits are not possible at this time. Contact Ginny Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661) for digital resources and any questions related to the collection.

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