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