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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.


The Lisanby Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10AM-4PM.

The Lisanby Museum will be closed on the following dates:

  • Fall Semester 2018: November 19-23 and December 3 - January 18, 2019
  • Spring Semester 2019: February 5, March 4-8, April 22-May 4
Current Exhibition

"Breaking Chains: Voices from Slavery to Civil Rights"
Coffee and Conversation, a Passport Event!
Festival, Room 1108
2:00-3:00 pm

Join us for a cup of coffee and a great conversation centered around objects on display and led by a JMU facilitator.  No art background needed.  And... did we mention cookies?

9/20/2018: Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center

10/11/2018: Dr. Abraham Goldberg, Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement

10/25/2018: Dr. David Owusu-Anshah, Special Assitant to the President for Faculty in the Office of Access and Inclusion

11/8/2018: Dr. Terry Beitzel, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center

11/29/2018: Ms. Ginny Soenksen, Associate Director of the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum

Fall 2018
Upcoming Exhibitions


Spring 2019
Study Center

Featuring objects 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 Dr. Wren River Stevens ( or 540-568-5577) before July 30th.


Non-JMU Visitor Metered Parking is now available across the street from Festival in Lot C12 behind the bus stop.

Group Visits

Contact Ms. Ginny Soenksen ( or 540-568-2661) to schedule a group visit for 30 people or less.  Please indicate if you wish a guided tour.

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