University Museum

Current Exhibit

A corset, half whalebone, half steel
September 18th–December 18th, 2015

Corsets, hoops, bustles, petticoats and more reveal the inside secrets to achieving the fashionable shapes of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. This exhibition will explore the myths and realities of these intimate clothes and give you an up-close look at foundation garments from the collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the University Museum.

pink antique corsetgreen linen staysopen view of stays


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


Opening Reception September 18, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Monday through Friday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Closed November 11, & 26 to 28

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Edwin & Mary Scheier Exhibit in Portsmouth

April 30th – October 2nd, 2015
Edwin & Mary Scheier: Mid Century Modern New Hampshire Artists
UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, Guest Curator

Exhibit Location: Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Experience a world of art and craft that began during the depression in New Hampshire. This is a collaborative exhibition with Portsmouth Historical Society, at the Discover Portsmouth Center. The collaboration is through the loan for UNH Scheier pottery through guest curator Dale Valena. There are close to 80 pieces from private collectors and institutions such as UNH Special Collections, the Museum of Art at UNH, the Currier Museum of Art, and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

“While the focus is on Scheiers’ Mid-Century New Hampshire years, we’ve gathered examples of their full careers as artists. The life and art of these two remarkable people is a great New Hampshire story, and we hope it delights and inspires!” explains UNH Museum Director Dale Valena, guest curator.