About WAM

The Worcester Art Museum's mission is to connect people, communities, and cultures through the experience of art.

The Worcester Art Museum Board, Corporators, Volunteers, and Staff are saddened and outraged by the killing of George Floyd and so many other people of color before him. Our hearts are with George Floyd’s family, all who experience racism, and those who have lost a loved one due to racially-motivated violence.

The Worcester Art Museum’s mission is to connect people, communities, and cultures through the experience of art. We cannot fulfill our mission without acknowledging the harm and pain people of color have endured due to racism in the past and today. We embrace and celebrate art of all cultures and people, and will continue to work to be the most diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization possible, because events like the killing of George Floyd remind us that our work is far from done.

Lisa Kirby Gibbs
President, Board of Trustees

Matthias Waschek
Jean and Myles McDonough Director

The Worcester Art Museum creates transformative programs and exhibitions, drawing on its exceptional collection of art. Dating from 3,000 BC to the present, these works provide the foundation for a focus on audience engagement, connecting visitors of all ages and abilities with inspiring art and demonstrating its enduring relevance to daily life. Creative initiatives— including pioneering collaborative programs with local schools, fresh approaches to exhibition design and in-gallery teaching, and a long history of studio class instruction—offer opportunities for diverse audiences to experience art and learn both from and with artists.

Since its founding in 1896, the Worcester Art Museum has assembled a collection of 38,000 objects: from the ancient Near East and Asia, to European and American paintings and sculptures, and continuing with works by contemporary artists from around the world. WAM has a history of making large scale acquisitions, such as its Medieval Chapter House, the Worcester Hunt Mosaic, its 15th-century Spanish ceiling, and the Flemish Last Judgment tapestry. In 2013, the Museum acquired the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, comprising two thousand arms and armor objects. It continues to commission and present new works, such as 2017’s installation of the interactive Reusable Universes and Organic Concept works by Shi Chieh Huang.