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Please note that due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the Lisanby Museum is closed to visitors until further notice. 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.


Open and free to the public from 10 - 4 pm, Monday through Friday.

Fall 2019


All That Glitters: A Collaboration with the Madison Mineral Museum 

Spring 2020 (January 27 – April 24, 2020)

This exhibition will showcase artworks ranging from the ancient world through the twentieth century alongside priceless minerals. Highlighting both the important properties of featured minerals and their use within a wide range of mediums, cultures, and time periods, this exhibition promises to take your breath away.

Savoring the Moon: Japanese Prints of the Floating World

Fall 2021 (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.

Study Center

This case featured objects from the Madison Art Collection, ranging from the ancient world to the present day. Faculty may request specific objects to be considered for inclusion during the upcoming academic year by contacting Ginny Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661) before June 30th.


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

Contact Ginny Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661) to schedule a group visit for 10 or more people.

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