University’s art museum is among '50 Most Amazing College Museums'

Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum of Art has been recognized as the 37th Most Amazing College Museum in America by College Rank.

The museum, located within the historic Bellarmine mansion on the Fairfield University campus, was described as “a must-see for enthusiasts,” and praised for its “incredibly rich and broad collection.”

Opened in October 2010, the Bellarmine Museum has a collection that ranges across many centuries and diverse cultures, including medieval objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a group of 10 Renaissance, Baroque and 18th-century paintings from the Kress Collection; and notable Asian, African and pre-Columbian objects.

Former Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Linda Wolk-Simon was named director and chief curator of the Bellarmine Museum in January 2015.

Current special exhibit

The current special exhibition is “Gari Melchers: An American Impressionist at Home and Abroad.” The artist produced masterful landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits inflected by the French Barbizon School, Impressionism, and Symbolism, among other influences.

The Gari Melchers exhibition is on view through May 22, and is open to the public free of charge.

Location, admission, hours

The museum is located on the lower level of Bellarmine Hall on the Fairfield University campus, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield.

It has free admission and is open while the university is in session. Regular hours are weekdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., from September to June.

To find out more about the Bellarmine Museum of Art, including summer hours, private visits and exhibitions, go to: