Monte Alban, Late I to Early III, Mexico; Urn with Human Figure; Front; 300 B.C.E.- 200 C.E.; ceramic with deposit of vermilion
Urn with Human Figure

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The collection comprises nearly 40,000 works of art from around the world. From ancient mosaics and medieval suits of armor to iconic works of impressionism and abstract expressionism, there are countless stories to discover.

The Museum is internationally known for its collections of Japanese woodblock prints, ancient art, and American and European paintings. It has the second-largest collection of arms and armor in the United States and was among the first to assemble a photography collection and to acquire paintings by such artists as Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. The Museum’s collection is continually growing and offers a global view of art and culture.

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Prints, drawings, and photographs

Prints, drawings, and photographs comprise over half of the Worcester Art Museum’s permanent collection, totaling nearly 20,000 objects. Due to their sensitivity to light, these artworks are only on view for short periods of time.


The Conservation Department cares for the Museum’s collection from material and technical perspectives and works to preserve it for generations to come.