Visitor and Class Visits

Watson Pavilion

The Watson Galleries are located on the campus of Washington and Lee University in between Tucker Hall and Admissions. The Museums are temporarily closed to the public, but admission is open to current W&L students, faculty, and staff with proof of daily attestation. The Watson, along with the Reeves Musuem, are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the final Friday of each month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. In compliance with COVID guidelines, the Museums are using timed-entry. To schedule a time to explore the Museums, visit our Calendly page.

Due to the role the building plays within the University setting, operating hours are subject to change last minute. Classes wishing to see the exhibit should provide advance notice. To arrange a class visit or learn more teaching with the collections, visit Learn with the Museums.

W&L student handles anti-slavery cup.

At its core, the Museums at Washington and Lee advances learning through direct engagement with collections. Art history, history, economics, German, chemistry, and even accounting have used the Reeves Collection for classes. We are happy to tailor a handling session, lecture, or tour for your class. Please contact Cassie Ivey, museum program coordinator, at for more information. Due to scheduling, inquiries should be made at least two weeks in advance of desired visit.

For an example of student work using the Reeves Collection, a toolkit has been completed using one of the Uncle Tom's Cabin vases. This toolkit shares an emerging technique for studying and disseminating cultural heritage objects. Specifically, it documents the process of creating a 3-D model with photogrammetry. It also contains activities and materials for using existing 3-D models in the classroo

Visitor and Class Visits