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Long Profile of Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT



The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut was established in 1886.

The Museum is on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy and was built to serve both the students and the local community "by exposing them to cultures and aesthetics otherwise outside their reach."


The Slater Memorial Museum was established in 1886 by philanthropist William Albert Slater. He commissioned architect Stephen C. Earle who designed the notable Romanesque Revival style building.

In 1888, the school "acquired 227 plaster casts of classical and renaissance sculpture," along with nearly "600 photographs of the great works of European and ancient art and architecture."

Over the decades, "the museum’s holding’s grew to include a diverse array of fine and decorative art, historical artifacts and ethnographic material from five continents and 35 centuries."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "Located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy, the Slater Museum awakens visitors to the richness and diversity of the human experience through art and history."

"For more than one hundred years, the Museum has displayed and interpreted the best examples of fine and decorative art, representing a broad range of world cultures of the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa."


The Slater Memorial Museum is located in Norwich, Connecticut at 305 Broadway at the campus of the Norwich Free Academy.

Please refer to the Museum's website for driving and public transportation directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the skilled practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations. They use archival materials to help preserve the artwork, as environmental factors such as light, humidity and dust can make an artwork rapidly disintegrate.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired "over 150 plaster casts of Classical and Renaissance sculpture, as well as Egyptian, Ancient, African, Oceanic, American, European and Asian Art and artifacts, and Pre-Columbian and Native American objects. The Museum also holds a fine and decorative collection of art and artifacts that are distinctive to Norwich and Southeastern Connecticut history."

Norwich artists of the 19th century such as "John Denison Crocker, Alexander Hamilton Emmons, Daniel Wadsworth Coit and John Trumbull" are included in the collection, while contemporary Connecticut artists such as "Ozias Dodge, Ellis Ruley, Charlotte Fuller Eastman and Milton Bellin" are represented.

Noteworthy Facts:

According to their website: "The Slater Memorial Museum’s relationship with the Norwich Art School has, over the years, maximized the Norwich Free Academy’s ability to train young artists for professional study, while contributing to the cultural life of the greater community."

Employment Information:

The Slater Memorial Museum does not post job listings. However, it regularly advertises volunteer positions for students in the various departments such as Curatorial, Education, Marketing, Sales, Security, etc.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, volunteer or internship positions. When a job opening becomes available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Slater Memorial Museum, at The Norwich Free Academy, 305 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360. Tel:(860) 887-2505.

Slater Memorial Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Fridays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Saturdays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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