About Us

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art is a teaching museum, a destination for American art, and a place for education and engagement with local, national, and global communities. Part of Colby College, the museum is located in Waterville, Maine, and actively contributes to Colby’s curricular and co-curricular programs and to the region’s quality of life. It inspires connections between art and people through distinctive exhibitions, programs, and publications and through an outstanding collection that emphasizes American art and contemporary art within holdings that span cultures and time periods. The Colby Museum actively seeks to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across all of its work and to advocate for the community value of art, artists, and museums in engaging with today’s most vital questions.


The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation, and we aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.

2018–22 Strategic Plan

The Colby Museum plays a central role in Colby’s strategic vision by aligning the liberal arts mission of the College with the Museum’s outstanding collections and exhibitions, connections to local and global audiences, and the scholarly and creative opportunities afforded by the Lunder Institute for American Art. As outlined in its 2018–22 strategic plan, the Museum seeks to advance our mission and continue to innovate with the pursuit of four principal strategic goals: to lead as a preeminent academic art museum; to establish the Museum as a destination for the collection, study, and exhibition of American art; to expand access, engagement, and opportunities for Maine and global audiences; and to ensure strategic advancement through sustainable resources and infrastructure. The Museum’s 2018–22 strategic plan can be found here.


The Colby College Museum is a nonprofit institution and accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The Museum is an institutional member of New England Association of Museums (NEMA), the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG), the Association of Art Museum Directors, and Maine Archives & Museums.

The Museum is a founding member of the Maine Art Museum Trail and Waterville Creates!