Study / Research

UMMA’s dedicated staff strive to create learning and research opportunities through direct access to the collection, even while we are navigating hybrid learning during COVID-19. We offer socially distanced gallery tours, virtual visits, researcher appointments, and an interactive, online collections database. UMMA tailors visits for student and staff organizations, faculty, and academic study groups.

Our Curatorial Research Center staff are available to help you determine what options best suit your needs and to assist you in making the necessary arrangements. Please contact the Mellon Curator for University Learning and Programs, David Choberka, or the Mellon Academic Teaching Fellow, Isabel Engel, for assistance.

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UMMA offers several in-person learning opportunities for visiting classes.

Tours (for groups of 25 or less)

  • By appointment, guided tours of UMMA’s collection galleries and special exhibitions
  • Classes will be divided into smaller groups to practice safe social distancing
  • Masks will be required

Student Self-Guided Visits

  • An UMMA educator can help create a curated self-guided activity for students to complete independently at the Museum
  • Masks will be required

Request A University Engagement

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UMMA’s collection is entirely digitized and available for users to make their own materials for teaching, research, and personal enjoyment. Anyone can create research projects and virtual exhibitions that become part of the digital collection at

Virtual Sessions

UMMA educators are available to lead class session online via Zoom.

Custom Exchange Activities

An UMMA educator can help create activities specific to your course connecting key ideas to UMMA objects. Students can complete these activities asynchronously or synchronously.

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UMMA provides a variety of collection research opportunities for faculty and students.

Assisted Collection Search:

With UMMA staff assistance, explore the digitized collection using the Exchange.

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