University Museum

The University Museum is located within the UNH Library’s Special Collections & Archives. It maintains collections and organizes exhibits that highlight UNH history, programs, and collections.

Out of the Wildcat's Closet

Selections from the University Museum Collection

Opened February 28th, 2020

Past Exhibits

Stories in the Seams: the Tales Clothes Tell

Highlights from the Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection Digital Catalog
If you enjoyed our exhibit, Stories in the Seams: the Tales Clothes Tell you can explore hundreds of images of the Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection in our Digital Collections.

You can also browse other past exhibits.

Museum Location

The University Museum is located on level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Museum Hours

Regular Semester Hours

Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m.
Wednesday 12-7 p.m.
The Museum is closed between exhibits
See the Hours page for regular Library hours and exceptions.

About the Museum

Curator Phil Wilcox established the museum in 1966 as a one-room exhibit space in the UNH Field House. Over the next decade the museum expanded into five rooms before closing in 1977. In 1990, an endowment created by several alumni class gifts led to the reopening of the museum in a temporary space in Thompson Hall. It became a part of Special Collections and moved to the newly renovated Dimond Library in 1998.

The museum’s collection includes UNH memorabilia that highlights the growth and development of the institution, while reflecting changes in college life at UNH. The collection also includes the Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection.

UNH alumni endowment from the classes of 1932, 1937, and 1958, as well as the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund, continue to support the museum’s exhibitions and programming mission.