War College Museum earns spot on ‘Most Amazing University Museums’ list

THE U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE MUSEUM earned a spot on Best Colleges Online's list of the "30 Most Amazing University Museums," one of only six university museums in the United States to make the list.
Posted 5/8/13

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Naval War College Museum in Newport was one of six university museums in the United States to make college ranking website Best Colleges Online’s list of the “30 Most Amazing University Museums,” the publication said Wednesday.

The Website compiled the international list based on qualities including: architecture, depth of resources and collections, and activity as a learning and teaching resource for the surrounding community.

According to Best Colleges Online’s report, the “collection at the U.S. Naval War College Museum highlights important events and developments in the science of war at sea, particularly the naval history of Narragansett Bay starting in the colonial era.”

The exhibits at the museum reportedly tie in with the curriculum of the college, and the building that houses the museum was originally the location of the Newport Asylum for the Poor. In 1884, the facility was converted to use as the U.S. Naval College and later designated as a museum.

The building is now in the registry of Historic Landmarks.

Joining the War College Museum on the list from the U.S. were: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia; The Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Mass.; The Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill.; The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, Calif.; and The University of Arizona Arts & Museums in Tucson, Ariz.

“The best university museums go far beyond displays and exhibits,” Best Colleges Online Editor Dan Jenkin said in prepared remarks. “They strive to be a dynamic cultural resource and hub for student, educator, and community involvement in the arts, anthropology, history and more.”

International university museums on the list included:

  • Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

  • Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

  • The Collegium Maius, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

  • Museums at the University of Queensland, Queensland, Australia

  • Museums and Collections, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

  • National University of Singapore Museum, Singapore

  • Hecht Museum, University of Haifa, Israel

  • Beth Hatefutsoth, Tel Aviv University, Israel

  • Zoological Museum of Strasbourg, University of Strasbourg, France

  • New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

  • Basque Museum of the History of Medicine and Science, University of the Basque - Leioa, Spain

  • Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science, Japan

  • Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan

  • Museum of Design, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

  • Samay Huasi, National University in La Plata, Chilecito, La Rioja Province, Argentina

  • Grassi Museum fur Musikinstrumente (Museum of Musical Instruments), University of Leipzig, Germany

  • Akademisches Kunstmuseum (Academic Art Museum), University of Bonn, Germany

  • Museo Galileo, University of Florence, Italy

  • Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Asia University Museum of Art, Taipei, Taiwan

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