Museums are vital institutions where education, inspiration, history, and creativity are defined and displayed for all to see; they have the power to change the way we see and understand our world. When operated as participatory spaces museums engage and serve their community. Visitors make the museum better when they share their ideas and use the space as a social place. Our job is to create "positive" museum experiences — experiences that are educational, engaging, and social. At the core of these experiences is the belief that art plays a critical role in all aspects of life. We are committed to being a welcoming and engaging place — whether you are an experienced museum goer or a first-time visitor. I hope this spirit resonates throughout the museum and with everything we do. We want visitors to leave feeling inspired and eager to come back. I look forward to seeing you and sharing the Barrick Museum.
UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum Program Director
The Marjorie Barrick Museum (the Barrick), formerly the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History, is a well-known venue for engaging exhibitions and events. Founded in 1969 and located at the heart of UNLV, the Barrick promotes engagement with the visual arts among a broad community including UNLV students, faculty, and staff; the greater Las Vegas community; and the national and international art community. In December 2011, the Barrick joined the UNLV College of Fine Arts and became the anchor of the Galleries at UNLV. The five galleries and one museum that make up UNLV Galleries are each entities in their own right linked through a common administration.
- Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery
- The Jessie Metcalf Gallery in the Richard Tam Alumni Center
- The lobbies of the Artemus Ham Concert Hall
- The Judy Bayley Theatre
- Doc Rando Recital Hall, located inside Beam Music Center
The UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, under the umbrella of the Department of Art and the College of Fine Arts, strives to provide a welcoming environment in which students, members of the University community, southern Nevada residents and the public in general can study and learn by directly experiencing works of art. Our goal is to enhance the visitor's understanding of art as an enduring human endeavor and to promote visual literacy for all patrons. To this end, the Museum acquires, exhibits, interprets and preserves works of art representative of past and present cultures, and artistic creativity.