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About Us

Welcome to the Virginia Union University (VUU) Museum Galleries. Our galleries house artifacts from Africa and New Guinea, along with the works of African American folk artists such as Mose Tolliver and Thornton Dial.  We invite you to visit us and take a journey through the beauty and excitement of our collection.

Our Mission

Virginia Union University is nourished by its African American heritage and energized by a commitment to excellence and diversity. Included in its mission is the goal to develop lifelong learners of a global society.  To accomplish this mission, VUU offers a broad range of educational opportunities, including those available through the Virginia Union University Museum Galleries. The Museum Galleries, are not only a keeper of fine artifacts, but serve to educate future leaders on the central importance of the arts. The Museum utilizes exhibits to foster student and community cultural, intellectual, and social growth.

Our History

VUU received its first gifts of African and Oceanic art in the late 1980’s.  Originally housed in a small campus building, the collection moved to its present location, the L. Douglas Wilder Library, in 2004.  The Museum occupies five galleries and includes African art, Oceanic (South Pacific/New Guinea) art, and a large collection of African-American folk art.  The galleries showcase ceremonial masks, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, and utilitarian objects.  The museum serves as a cultural and visual resource for both the regional community and for several of the University’s academic courses.  VUU President, Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, is dedicated to the growth and excellence of the Museum – often inviting community members and campus visitors to join him on a personal tour of the Museum.