Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum is located in one of the oldest buildings on the campus. Its 1916 Beaux-Arts design, by Henry Hornbostel, has placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. Renowned post-modernist architect Michael Graves designed interior renovation, completed in 1985. He also designed the 35,000-square-foot expansion that was completed in 1993. The museum combines a collection of art and archaeological artifacts with a program of special exhibitions. The extensive archaeological holdings from the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East are unique in the Southeast. These holdings include Egyptian mummy cases, material from ancient Palestine (excavated at Jericho, Jerusalem, and Caesarea), a large cuneiform tablet collection from Mesopotamia, and the Carlos Collection of Ancient Greek Art. The museum also features pre-Columbian and Asian artifacts. The art collection includes illuminated manuscript pages, drawings and prints from the Middle Ages to the present, nineteenth- and twentieth-century photography, and painting and sculpture from the twentieth century. Dürer, Goya, Daumier, Manet, Cassatt, Matisse, Pica and Rauschenberg are among the major artists represented in the print collection. The collection also includes Asian art, notably prints and photographs from nineteen-century Japan.